Disco Godfather (1979)



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J. Robert Wagoner directs the 1979 blaxploitation-martial arts classic Disco Godfather. Rudy Ray Moore stars as Tucker Williams, an ex-cop and resident DJ at the nightclub Blueberry Hill Disco. When his nephew Bucky (Julius J. Carry III) gets mixed up with drugs, Tucker is motivated to start some violence. With the help of plucky Noel (Carol Speed), Tucker takes on major angel dust dealer Singer Ray (James H. Hawthorne). Also memorable are the disco dance production numbers in amazing sparkly costumes, the hallucinogenic PCP segments, and the repeatable catch phrases.

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Rudy Ray Moore
as Tucker Williams
Jimmy Lynch
as Sweetmeat
Jerry Jones
as Dr. Fred Mathis
Lady Reed
as Mrs. Edwards
James H. Hawthorne
as Stinger Ray
Frank Finn
as Lt. Frank Hayes
Leroy Daniels
as Disco M.C.
Melvin Smith
as Disc Jockey
Debbie Fisher
as Mrs. Kilroy
Dolorise Parr
as Tucker's Girlfriend
Fred Strother
as Metro Squad Member
Lonnie Malcolm
as Metro Squad Member
Cleveland Posey
as Metro Squad Member
Sonny Smalley
as Metro Squad Member
Romona Rogers
as PCP Patient With Baby
Linda Sims
as Reporter
Sara Stevens
as Granddaughter
Phil Wilkes
as PCP Lab Supervisor
Clarice Wilson
as Angels Against Dust
Robin Keith
as Angels Against Dust
William Woods
as Sumo Wrestler
Rosella Watson
as Tucker's Mom
Iola Henry
as Tucker's Aunt
Pucci Jhones
as The Angel of Death
Howard Jackson
as Special Karate Fighter
Doc Watson
as District Councilman
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Critic Reviews for Disco Godfather

All Critics (6)

While the hilarious karate and hallucinations that close the film are worth the wait, they don't justify the gleeful submission to the era's fads or the preachy, anti-drug crusade, both of which make Disco Godfather too inhibited for its own good.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Call it whatever you want; I call it a schlock masterpiece.

Jun 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Rudy Ray Moore is a comic genius.

Nov 24, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Putting the words 'disco' and 'godfather' in a title is already inviting trouble, but in execution the makers of this urban 'drama' not only embrace it, they downright make love to it.

Dec 27, 2004 | Full Review…

Peerless camp blaxploitation.

Jun 4, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Disco Godfather


By the late seventies Blaxploitation was all but dead but trust Moore to keep the torch burning. This movie is hilarious, especially when it tries to hammer home it's "drugs are bad" message. Fans of disco really need to see this as it's a fantastic time capsule of the era, featuring some brilliant footage of Moore MC'ing, urging the crowd to "Put your weight on it!". The soundtrack is a DJ's dream and I've started slipping it into my own Friday night sets. Moore tries to replicate the effects of Angel Dust to hilarious effect in the movie's bizarrely surreal climax.

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The Movie Waffler

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Watchable for some occasionally hilarious one-liners, and to see the honest "stop doing drugs" message crash and burn along with horrible acting, a transparent plot, painfully bad "drug sequences", disco-dance sequences, laughable kung-fu "action" sequences... the list goes on. A cinematic index of 70's stereotypes, classic badly-done Blaxploitation.

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Daniel Hetteix

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