Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy) 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. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), 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.
Eddie Murphy leads an all-star cast in what promises to be one of the most entertaining biopics in ages.
DOLEMITE IS MY NAME is one of two films CIFF is screening for our Closing Gala on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at the Globe Cinema. The film screenings will be followed by a Block Party along 8th Ave with favourites Paper St., Junction Stage + Bar, The Derrick, and State & Main providing music, special pop-ups, and industry guests in attendance. Guests will have the choice to attend a film and then the Block Party, attend a film screening only, or purchase a Block-Party-only ticket and just come for the party! Block Party passes include two drink tickets.
- Craig Brewer
- Executive Producer
- Michael Beugg, Charisse M. Hewitt
- John Davis, John Fox, Eddie Murphy
- Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
- Eric Steelberg
- Billy Fox
- Scott Bomar
- Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Kodi Smit-McPhee