Just yesterday Film Goblin published an article that asked the question: “Is Eddie Murphy The Greatest American Of All Time?”
Today, we’ve been given the answer.
I’m going to go ahead and say that is a big “yes”.
This movie needs no summary or tagline. Just in case any of you kids don’t know who Dolemite is, here’s the quick rundown:
- 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.
- Produced for $100,000, Dolemite went on to rake in more than $12 million at the box office. That’s a lot of asses in seats in the 1970s. It became a small cultural phenomenon and would go on to become somewhat of a cult classic.
- The follow-up film, The Human Tornado, was plagued by production and financing issues and eventually wound up being acquired by Dimension Pictures. It was shown in only 20 or so theaters in LA and New York City.
- Dolemite is probably best known to the kids for being name-dropped by rappers like Snoop Dog and Dirty Ole Bastard.
Dolemite Is My Name will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of 2019. It’s probably not even going to be in theaters until the end of the year.