Almost 45 years after the original, a new look at the blaxploitation film “Dolemite” is making its way to Netflix. Featuring a star-studded cast including Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, and Chris Rock, “Dolemite is My Name” follows the story of the original “Dolemite” star Rudy Ray Moore, whose stagnant entertainment career suddenly skyrocketed into blaxploitation fame after he appeared in the film.
Directed by D’Urville Martin, the 1975 “Dolemite” tells the story of a one-time pimp who, after his release from jail, seeks revenge on the drug dealers and corrupt cops who framed him by using a team of martial arts-skilled prostitutes called Dolemite Girls.
The action-packed blaxploitation genre spawned a number of reboot films and parodies, such as the late John Singleton’s reimagined version of “Shaft” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Keenan Ivory Wayans Jr.’s “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.” Much like Rudy Ray Moore’s Dolemite, characters like Pam Grier’s Foxy Brown and Tamara Dobson’s Cleopatra Jones were fondly remembered for their dazzling style and general bad-assery. The genre spurred the progression of black films and served as the big break for many black actors and actresses.
Check out more blaxploitation films to know if you liked “Dolemite is My Name,” which premieres Oct. 25 on Netflix.