The Frida Cinema

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Dolemite Is My Name

Dolemite Is My Name

Comedy legend Eddie Murphy makes his long-awaited return to the big screen in the highly-anticipated Rudy Ray Moore biopic Dolemite Is My Name.

Desperate to restore his flagging popularity, Moore creates the outlandish stage persona Dolemite to revive his stand-up career. After recording several successful comedy albums featuring the character, Rudy, is inspired to make a film focusing on him. With the help of a crew of misfits, Moore is able to overcome limited filmmaking experience and the judgmental doubt of naysayers to create one of blaxploitation’s most iconic films.

Based on an unbelievably true underdog story, Dolemite Is My Name boasts a screenplay by Emmy Award-nominees Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski as well as a supporting cast that includes Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock, and Keegan-Michael Key.

After the 7:30 screening on Wednesday, October 30th, stick around for an insightful Skype Q&A about the film with Larry Karaszewski. One half of the Emmy Award-nominated team behind The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Mr. Karaszewski and his writing partner Scott Alexander have also penned screenplays for Ed Wood, Man on the Moon, and Big Eyes.

“Dolemite is a movie that gives us a lot to look back on, both historically and in the case of Murphy’s long life in Hollywood – but I also think we still haven’t seen the extent of what Murphy can do.” – K. Austin Collins, Vanity Fair

“As its title character might put it, Dolemite Is My Name, is a total mother-kin’ blast.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“Dolemite Is My Name kicks off the Eddie Murphy comeback that’s been a very long time coming.  And this comic biopic is a blast from start to finish.” – Sara Stewart, New York Post

Dolemite Is My Name
Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite Is My Name.