Original one-sheet poster for Dolemite
|Directed by||D'Urville Martin|
|Produced by||Rudy Ray Moore|
|Written by||Rudy Ray Moore (story)|
Jerry Jones (screenplay)
|Starring||Rudy Ray Moore|
|Music by||Don Cornelius|
|Cinematography||Nicholas Josef von Sternberg|
|Edited by||Rex Lipton|
|Distributed by||Dimension Pictures|
|Box office||$12 million|
Dolemite is a 1975 American blaxploitation crime film and is also the name of its principal character, played by Rudy Ray Moore, who co-wrote the film and its soundtrack. Moore, who started his career as a stand-up comedian in the late 1960s, heard around that time a rhymed toast by a local homeless man about an urban hero named Dolemite and decided to adopt the persona of Dolemite as an alter ego in his act.
Moore featured the character of Dolemite on his 1970 debut album, Eat Out More Often, which reached the top 25 on the Billboard 200. He released several more comedy albums using this persona. In 1975, Moore decided to create a film about Dolemite, paying for most of the production out of his own pocket, and using many of his friends and fellow comedians as cast and crew. The film was directed by D'Urville Martin, who appears as the villain Willie Green.
Dolemite is a pimp and nightclub owner who is serving 20 years in prison after being set up by a rival, Willie Green. One day, his friend and fellow pimp Queen Bee helps him get out of jail and plots with him to get revenge on Green.
A sequel, The Human Tornado, was released in 1976. A second sequel, The Return of Dolemite, was released in 2002 and was later renamed The Dolemite Explosion for DVD release. A quasi-sequel, Shaolin Dolemite, starring Rudy Ray Moore as Monk Ru-Dee, was released in 1999.
Dolemite was released to DVD on September 13, 2005 by Xenon Pictures and also as part of a boxed set (The Dolemite Collection) on the same date. A widescreen, high definition remastered version, from an original print of the film, was released on Blu-ray disc on April 26, 2016 by cult film preservationists Vinegar Syndrome. The Blu-ray also featured the previously released open matte version as an extra.
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The character of Dolemite is mentioned in songs released by Snoop Dogg.
Guitarist/composer Scott Henderson has a song named "Dolemite", which features some audio clips from the original movie.
Also referenced in the song titled "Jackass" by Bloodhound Gang.
A MADtv sketch featured a fictitious Dolemite remake and several sequels.
Clips from the film are featured in the 1996 comedy The Great White Hype, with Damon Wayans' boxer character watching the film as part of his pre-fight routine.
In the Futurama episode "Jurassic Bark", Fry's dog Seymour is said to be encased in Dolemite, "the tough black mineral that won't cop out when there's heat all about."