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"Dolemite Is My Name"

Screenplay | Script

Written By: Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski

Final Draft | UNDATED

October 25, 2019 | Netflix

Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else.

Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables.

I said, 'You don't come up this mountain, givin me yo sass!' Gave him one more smack before I drop-kicked his ass!!! Cause Dolemite is my name, and f*ckin' up motherf*ckers is my game!

Rudy (performing),
pg. 25

However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed, an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil.

Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin, and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore’s Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era.

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Scott Alexander is a producer, director and writer known for The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), American Crime Story (2016-2021), Ed Wood (1994).

Larry Karaszewski is a producer, director and writer know for The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Ed Wood (1994), Big Eyes (2014).

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Notable Cast
Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy ... Rudy
Keegan-Michael Key Keegan-Michael Key ... Jerry
Mike Epps Mike Epps ... Jimmy
Craig Robinson Craig Robinson ... Ben
Tituss Burgess Tituss Burgess ... Toney
Da'Vine Joy Randolph Da'Vine Joy Randolph ... Lady Reed
Kodi Smit-McPhee Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Nick
Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg ... Roj
Ron Cephas Jones Ron Cephas Jones ... Ricco
Barry Shabaka Henley Barry Shabaka Henley ... Demond


Notable Wins
Ruth E. Carter...Outstanding Costume Design
Eddie Murphy...Outstanding Actor, Motion Picture
Clay A. Griffith...Outstanding Production Design
John Fox, Eddie Murphy, John Davis...Outstanding Motion Picture

Box Office

(2019) U.S. Dollars
Budget...$ N/A
Opening weekend...$ N/A
Gross (US & Canada)...$ N/A
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U.S. Version


Additional Content
Cast Photos ... IMDb
Box Office ... IMDb Pro
Poster ... Official Site
Awards ... Black Reel Awards (2020)
Studio ... Netflix

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