As a Victory member with the Alamo Drafthouse, I received birthday coupons that would have expired yesterday. I was able to use them last Sunday after I watched the 1931 Spanish-language version of Dracula to see the 1975 blaxploitation film Dolemite. Its quite a drive to Houston, I wasn’t going to just watch one movie.
Dolemite is the story of a pimp that goes to jail for possession of stolen goods & drugs, a frame up job by another pimp. Two years later, he’s released because a madam convinces the governor to get the warden to release Dolemite so he can go undercover to get the pimp that framed him with the help of some dirty cops. What the hell?!
Upon his release, he’s picked up by several call girls, strips down outside the prison with the guards & other inmates watching, and gets into the proper pimped out attire for the era.
There’s quite a bit of craziness going on in this movie. Dirty cops planting drugs, a crooked minister dealing in weapons, hookers who take kung fu classes to defend themselves but also attack on command from Dolemite or the madam Queen Bee. There’s nudity, bad acting, bad dialogue, odd pauses, skips, and weird camera angles.
Its about exactly what I expected to be watching, to be honest.
There was a Rudy Ray Moore – centric preshow, with trailers for a few of his other films, a clip from of his standup comedy, other blaxploitation movies. And the program director introduced this film, as well.