1976. D-Cliff Roquemore. P-T. Toney and Rudy Ray
Moore. S/P-Jerry Jones. 97 min.
Dolemite returns in this loosely related semi-sequel
featuring a somewhat more dynamic (and out there) script. Sheriff Bentley
(J.B. Baron) catches Dolemite in bed with his wife (Wife: "He made me
do it!" Dolemite: "Bitch! Are you for real?") She is shot as Dolemite
escapes by rolling butt naked (with clothes in hand) down a hill to his
Dolemite and his three buddies,
Bo (Ernie Hudson, credited as his sometime stand-in brother, Luis), Doug
(Ed Montgomery), and Jimmy (James Cromarie), kidnap a homosexual (who's
very excited about this situation) and drive his car out to California.
Dolemite soon learns that Cavaletti (Herb Graham) has kidnapped his friends,
Java and T.C. (Peaches Jones), is holding them in a torture chamber, and
is forcing Queen Bee (Lady Reed) and her girls to work at his club. Pete
Blakely (Jerry Jones) is assigned to capture Dolemite for Sheriff Bentley,
who has followed him to California.
Disguised as a nerdy art salesman named Francot
Delmonico Nickademous, Dolemite literally fucks the whereabouts of T.C.
and Java out of the nymphomaniac Mrs. Cavaletti (Barbara Gerl). "At
the house. One the Hill. In Pasadena!" The girls are rescued and
they arrive at Cavalleti's party where a the rest of the gang is already
busy kicking ass. Cavalleti is taken by Dolemite to the torture chamber
for a taste of his own medicine. But Dolemite is followed by Bentley and
is shot. Does Dolemite survive?
Many familiar faces from DOLEMITE appear, as well
as martial arts champion, Howard Jackson. Fellow comedian, Jimmy Lynch
(who only made a cameo in DOLEMITE), is featured as well. The fight scenes
are staged better, some are even sped up (as well as some car chases),
and Moore's own unique style of kung fu is debuted, making several scenes
even funnier. They also must have learned from their mistakes as no boom
microphones are visible this time or in any later films. And of course,
Moore's comedy routines and rythmic dialogue are prevalent.
HUMAN TORNADO features some of my favorite scenes
out of all of Moore's films. While having sex with Hurricane Annie (Glorya
DeLani), shots of Dolemite eating ribs are intercut into the sequence.
This has got to be one of the most hilarious metaphors ever commited to
film! Mrs. Cavaletti daydreams of men coming down a slide onto her and
while having sex with Mr. Nickademous, the bed moves so violently from
side to side that the room collapses on top of them!
Although there is a dark side to this film (the
torture chamber, etc.) it definitely maintains the stamp of Moore's personality
and is considered by many fans to be his best film.