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Released 1975
Distributor Dimension Pictures

Embarrassingly entertaining, Dolemite is like a comic book version of a blaxploitation film. Written, produced by and starring the incomparable expletivist “adults only” comedian Rudy Ray Moore, Dolemite hits all the lurid cliches of the blaxploitation genre and keeps beating them to a pulp till the audience is too dizzy to do anything but laugh. Moore also takes credit for the film’s set decoration, although perennial second banana D’Urville Martin directs. The late Rudy has his own website here. Larry Karaszewski’s take on the sequel The Human Tornado can be seen here. The full movie can be seen here.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.