Eddie Murphy IS “Dolemite!” Raucous Blaxploitation Biopic Comes To Netflix!

Eddie Murphy Will Become “Dolemite!”

For 70’s cult movie fans like myself, this is great news!

Deadeline.com has the exclusive, reporting:

Eddie Murphy is about to return to the screen for the first time in awhile, in a Netflix film which begins production June 12 about the life of Rudy Ray Moore, the star of the blaxploitation “Dolemite” films. “Hustle and Flow”‘s Craig Brewer is directing a script by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, the writing team behind such quirky biographical films as “Big Eyes”, “Ed Wood” and “The People Vs. Larry Flynt.”

This brings up a question:


Who Is “Dolemite?”

It’s a question many movie lovers might be asking – but he is one of the most successful and influential stars in the early 70’s blaxploitation film genre…who has a hilariously profane way with words…

Rudy Ray Moore Rocks!

I can’t wait for this story to be told, because it’s a classic “only in Hollywood…” tale. You want to be a star? Make yourself one!

As Deadline.com describes him:

“Moore worked in a Hollywood record store in 1970 when he began hearing obscene stories of pimp and hustler named Dolemite. He started a club act where he became Dolemite. He began generating records that mixed humor and a ghetto fantasy character, burnishing the legend. While too racy to be put on display in record stores, the records became a big inner city underground hit. The proceeds allowed Moore to finance the 1975 film Dolemite, which he starred in as a kung fu-capable pimp ghetto hero who stuck it to The Man. Moore followed with three sequels. He continues to be an influence for the likes of hip hop entrepreneur Snoop Dogg, and he had something of a comeback starring alongside the hip hop group Insane Clown Posse in “Big Money Hustlas” in 2000.”

The terrific cult movie company Vinegar Syndrome recently released a lavishly remastered version of his breakout film, with tons of great extras…first, check out the trailer:

OK, see what I mean? Kudos to Vinegar for releasing this – you can see all the extras here:

https://johnrieber.com/2016/04/14/kick-some-dolemite-blaxploitation-classic-gets-vinegar-syndromes-loving-restoration/

You have to love this classic slice of 70’s blaxploitation cinema, and if you aren’t familiar with this genre, here are a few other examples:

Read about my favorite blaxploitation stars, including Pam Grier, Bernie Casey, Jim Kelly and more by clicking here:

https://johnrieber.com/2015/09/06/studly-superfly-sexy-sheba-blaxploitations-sexiest-stars-pam-grier-shaft/

Let me know if you are familiar with this great genre of 70’s film!



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5 replies

  1. I would love for Eddie to have a hit. Loved the trailer for the original. Is that where Bufford Tannen got the dance thing from for Back to the Future Part III?

  2. It’s a genre you enjoy and I’m happy for you. Eddie Murphy should handle this project with style and fine timing. I admire his talent.

    • If he commits to it, it could be his best role since “Dreamgirls.” The story of Rudy Ray Moore is quite an inspirational one – he turned himself into a movie star at a time when “blaxploitation” films were telling stories fora specific audience that they weren’t getting from white filmmakers…a very important time for film

  3. Must be music to your ears, John. You love that genre! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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