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Jo Jo Dancer Your Life Is Calling [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: DVD-ROM
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00005UPFK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,026 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Pryor/Allen ~ Jo Jo Dancer

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underrated films of all time 1 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
I've yet to read a positive review of this film. Let this be the first. This is a heartfelt, gut-wrenching film straight from Pryer's heart. If you're looking for comedy, you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for the result of one man's soul search--from hell and back--Pryor delivers here in spades. Pryor is not the best director in the world, but that matters little here. What matters--and what most critics fail to recognize--is that this is one of the most gut-wrenching and emotionally impactful autobioghapical film portraits ever set on film. Highly recommended.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Life and Times of Richard Pryor 13 Dec. 2005
By Andre M. - Published on
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Basically, my title sums it up. Richard Pryor plays pretty much himself here (why he chose the non de plume "Jo Jo Dancer" was probably to change the names of all characters in the film to protect the innocent). Aside from his army days and getting kicked out of school, as much of the major stuff that could be compressed in 2 hrs is here-growing up in the house of prostitution, the effect this had on his psyche, his troubled relationship with his father (it's really sad and embarrassing to watch a grown Pryor get cursed and slapped around by his Dad in front of his young wife), his early struggles in showbiz, drking and dope problems, etc. etc.

But Pryor's sermon near the end is a relavation and would have been a perfect coda to end his comedy career in films (this film was made at the time he began to get the symptoms of MS). Sadly, later abominations such as "Another You," "Moving," "Critical Condition," and "Harlem Nights" (REALLY tragic considering the talent involved) did not do well for his legacy. But if you stop here, this is a great way to remember the genius that was Richard Pryor (RIP).
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Pryor, up close and personal 12 Dec. 2005
By Karl Pallmeyer - Published on
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Watching "Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling" is a bit like being in a bar, sitting next to a total stranger who begins to tell you his life story. It's an uncomfortable situation and you find yourself alternately embarrased and appalled, but totally engrossed and ultimately sympathic to this man's plight. You begin to wonder how a man who has suffered so much can produce so many laughs.

The movie is autobiographical, with artistic license taken from time to time, but it really gets at the soul of the man who was Richard Pryor. Many Pryor fans may be shocked -- not at the language, but with the emotional frankness with which Richard reveals himself. And he admits that he has brought much sorrow on himself and the ones who have loved him.

Casual fans will probably be put off by the lack of laughs, but those willing to dig a little deeper will come away with an understanding of Pryor and the pain that he was able to forge into incredible comedy -- comedy that exposed more truth about society than many artists, philosophers, writers, or social reformers of the 20th century.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fact or Fiction? 13 April 2013
By Thirty-Ought Six - Published on
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Even though Pryor claimed this film was not an autobigraphical picture on his life, it actually is; it's just a quick overview of his story and although I remember watching this on cable tv(HBO) when I was a kid, I can see now why it wasn't a big hit at the box office and has been one of those "forgotten" flicks within his stand-up/film career. This film is designed for more deeper-rooted fans of Pryor and the screenplay sort of moves like a quasi-soap opera at times, with some bad acting and underdeveloped scripting; but it has some charm to it as well, esp. with the idea of flashbacking into his life as he's at death's door. Pryor, of course, does a great job being himself and I particuarly like the moments of his youth when he was just a boy growing up in Morton,OH and being raised by his grandmother. After many years, it was a treat to see this again, and I'm glad I own it, even though I may not frequently go back to it, its a decent enough film to have and see from time to time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film 27 Sept. 2007
By Mindmixx - Published on
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I'm a true Richard Pryor fan from the time I was a child. I remember going to one of my friends house and his older brother would leave out the album (That N*****s crazy) and we would sneak and listen to it. I was hooked yI currently own most of his Vinyl records to this day.

What more could anyone ask but to have a entertainer tell his/her lifestory and also relive it all (good & bad) by playing the role of themselves. I haven't seen or heard of anyone doing this. other folks have either played them or it was a biography. Jojo Dancer is a true hit based on the life of the comedian. It really shows the depth of a man that grew up in hard times dealing with liquor houses, drug abuse, prostitution etc but he managed to be THE most influencial comedian of the 20th and now 21st century. I HIGHLY recommend this film. For true Richard Pryor fans I promise, you will not be disappointed.
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