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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 House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.

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