A lasting testament to both rap pioneer / nightclub comic par excellence Rudy Ray Moore and the sun-bleached, smog-covered vistas of ‘70s L.A., DOLEMITE remains one of blaxploitation’s greatest achievements.
When Rudy first took his Chitlin’ Circuit act to the silver screen, few outside black neighborhoods noticed at first — but DOLEMITE was a box office smash. His films were cheap, quickly made and technically disastrous, but they have something Hollywood could never buy: a one-of-a-kind underground comedic persona. Here, Rudy plays the greatest pimp of them all; after two years in prison on trumped-up charges, Dolemite’s back on the street and ready to settle scores (“I’ve got an all-girl army that knows what to do! They’re foxy as hell and practice kung fu!”)
Moore’s homespun poetry will ring in your head for days, and the image of his schlubby figure executing lazy karate kicks will bring smiles to your entire audience’s faces. DOLEMITE’s original success paved the way for his three subsequent “trash-terpieces.”
Sunday, October 13
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door
*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
DOLEMITE (Rudy Ray Moore, 1975 / 18 A / 90 mins) Dolemite is a pimp who was set up by Willie Greene and the cops, who have planted drugs, stolen furs, and guns in his trunk and got him sentenced to 20 years in jail. One day, Queen B and a warden planned to get him out of Jail and get Willie Green and Mitchell busted for what they did to him.