This is the first blaxploitation film for February which is Black History Month.
Why am I doing this instead of Valentine's Day bullshit? Because I'm going to be alone. Long story. I don't want to explain.
Dolemite is the story of a man that was framed for a crime he didn't commit. He is released after spending two years in prison.
He was set up by a pimp named Willie Green. Willie Green has taken away almost everything from Dolemite. Willie Green (who is always referred to by that full name) has made good use of the two years of Dolemite's absence.
Now that Dolemite has been released, he wants what is rightfully his. Willie Green wants Dolemite dead. Willie Green conspires with two dirty cops and the mayor in order to stop Dolemite.
Dolemite isn't on his own. He has an army of women that have become masters of karate.
Will Dolemite regain his lost empire? Will Willie Green triumph and reign supreme? See for yourself sometime.
Keep in mind that this was made in the 70s and this was a low-budget movie. Not everything is going to be visually stunning.
It seems like the movie was shot a little be in sequence. The first scenes in the movie looks like they were made first. How can I tell? Queen Bee, den mother of Dolemite's female army, doesn't have the voice that the character has for the rest of the movie. It's like she was trying to figure out how the character should function.
The fight scenes are a little cheesy. The sex scenes seem to go on forever. I hate that in regular movies because if I want to see people have sex, I can watch a movie with nothing but that in it (but that's a completely different blog entirely).
It definitely has some funny moments. There's a character named the Creeper which shouldn't be missed. He's basically a broke pimp that begs for food. That isn't the funny part, but it should give you an idea of what to expect.
The characters and dialogue is memorable. The plot is a tad confusing, but it all works out.
I think you should give Dolemite a try.
Rotten Tomatoes gives it 43% critic and 66% audience.
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