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Hollywood Shuffle
Hollywood Shuffle
Actors: Gregory 'Popeye' Alexander, Sena Ayn Black, Conni Marie Brazelton, Sarah Kaite Coughlan, Starletta DuPois
Genres: Comedy, African American Cinema
R     2001     1hr 18min

The best example of urban guerilla filmmaking is ironicallyand happilyalso one of Hollywood'smost triumphant success stories. Actor Robert Townsend (I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!), decrying the lack of good roles for black acto...  more »


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Actors: Gregory 'Popeye' Alexander, Sena Ayn Black, Conni Marie Brazelton, Sarah Kaite Coughlan, Starletta DuPois
Genres: Comedy, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Comedy, African American Cinema
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/24/2001
Original Release Date: 03/20/1987
Theatrical Release Date: 03/20/1987
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 18min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

F@#$ing Mother's Turkey Jive
Christian Mayfield | Cincinnati | 05/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This film is a classic. When I first saw it as a kid, I just thought it was funny, not realizing that it had a message as well as being comical. I don't know what my favorite scene is, but there are some classics such as Rambro, and Black Acting School. Keep an open mind when watching this film and try not to forget, in between laughs, that Townsend does have a serious theme about disrmination in Hollywood."
Absolutely hilarious, but with a point
L. Jones | Washington, DC | 05/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a movie I could watch again and again--and have. Anyone who watches "Hollywood Shuffle" and misses the obvious point of the movie--the lack of positive roles for talented African-Americans in Hollywood--is not paying attention. The silly spoofs of Siskel and Ebert and Blaxploitation flicks are funny ways to enhance Townshend's point. I first saw this movie when I was in high school and now, more than 15 years later, I still remember the funny lines: "That movie was effervescent!" "Make my day?!?! Do fifty bullets in your a$$ make your day?" "Winkie Dinkie hoe cakes? Yeah, 'cause hoes got ta eat, too!" "There's always work at the Post Office." Unfortunately, a serious version (like Spike Lee's "Bamboozled") would have never received such high acclaim."
Hilarious comedy
Sing Brotha Sing | 09/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Hollywood Shuffle is a spoof of many of the 'blaxploitation' films of the seventies. This was hollywood's introduction to Robert Townsend, as he wrote and starred in the film, reportedly financing it with credit cards.Townsend stars as an actor trying to break into the bigtime. He finds it tough to break out of the hollywood ideas for black actors. The movie sends up several popular films, including Dirty Harry and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Be sure to look for the Siskel and Ebert parody.Not very deep, and probably not for those who can't laugh at themselves. Some of the humor might be considered insensitive. I consider it hilarious."
He understands the laws of GRAVITIVATEE and POLARITY!
My Key | Rip City | 01/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Hollywood shuffle is pound for pound, the best comedy of all-time. It was made on a budget of seventeen dollars. Each actor plays an average of 7 roles. The very idea of white acting coaches teaching black actors how to act black {"jive turkey (...)!"} is brilliant. Chapelle tapped into the same vein when he dreamed up his blind black white-supremacist sketch. 'Night of the living Street Pimps' inspired many a halloween costume and Keenan Ivory Wayans as Jeri-Kurl is the funniest (...) ever, period. This movie is brilliant on so many levels and there's nothing else that compares to it. It's a nice history lesson for anyone who wants to know what 1987 was like, when the only rap on Mtv was Run-Dmc and LL Cool J. Watch it with some ho-cakes, a winkie-dinkie burger, winkie-dinkie donuts, winkie-dinkie dip and of course, a winkie-dinkie DAWGGGG!!!!!"