Cult Movies

Cult Movie Essentials: Dolemite (1974)

Dolemite was the everyday story of a pimp who is serving twenty years in prison after being set up by a rival, Willie Green who planted drugs, stolen furs, and guns in his trunk.

One day, his friend and fellow pimp Queen B helps him get out of jail, and plots with him to get revenge on Green…

Dolemite, known by many as the “baddest” cool cat in town, is played by Rudy Ray Moore we meet him in prison on a bogus charge, having been framed by his rival Willie Green. He is later pardoned and released. Throughout the movie, Dolemite attempts to rekindle his reputation on the streets and reclaim his club, “The Total Experience”.

Queen Bee (Lady Reed) runs a whorehouse of which Dolemite is referenced as the part-time owner on several occasions throughout the movie. Queen Bee is the only woman in Dolemite’s household whom Dolemite speaks to as an equal.

Willie Green (D’Urville Martin) is seen in the initial flashback as having a leading part in framing Dolemite. Green takes over Dolemite’s club, “The Total Experience”, while Dolemite is serving hard time. Green and the city’s mayor, Mayor Daley, are in business together: Daley makes sure Green runs his operation with impunity, in return for Green getting black votes for the mayor’s upcoming re-election.

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