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.
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Cult Movies , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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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
Ronny Harris
as Hitman
Antar Mubarek
as Hitman
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
John Casino
as Cowboy
D'Bore Loggins
as Reporter
Myron Montgomery
as Reporter
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
Roosevelt Douglas
as Bartender
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 (5)

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

Full Review… | June 21, 2016

Rudy Ray Moore is a comic genius.

November 24, 2007

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.

Full Review… | December 27, 2004

Peerless camp blaxploitation.

June 4, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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January 10, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Disco Godfather

Put your weight on it! A retired police officer has settled into a new walk of life as the Disco Godfather. He shows up at the spot and makes it hot. Unfortunately, the Disco Godfather's nephew dies from a new drug called Angel Dust. The Disco Godfather will stop at nothing to get the new drug off the streets. "I don't get you." "I don't get me either." J. Robert Wagoner delivers Disco Godfather (this is the only picture on his resume). The storyline for this picture is terrible and only gets worse as it progresses. The dialogue is awesome and the action scenes are okay (although funny at times). The acting is below average and the cast includes Rudy Ray Moore, Carol Speed, Julius Carry, Hawthorne James, and Fitz Houston. "Let's kick ass then." "I can dig it." I loved Dolemite and watch a lot of movies from this period. I also think Rudy Ray Moore is a larger than life comedic character that is very underrated; however, as an overall movie, this is terrible. Outside of Moore's performance, there is nothing to see here. I strongly recommend skipping this picture and watching Dolemite or Coffee. "Anyone moves gets their assholes blown off." Grade: F

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

I like Rudy Ray Moore. I really do. Dolemite is awesome, this isn't. Rudy Ray seems a little out of it as he does his shtick at the disco, which is kind of entertaining but the music sucks and it very repetitious. I guess the true big difference between this and the Dolemite is that Rudy Ray isn't pimpin here and all of the coolness of the other movies just seems watered down and a cheap carbon copy. While it has the same type of low grade yet fun action sequences as his other movies, it is more laughable here and just was really hard to get through. Disco Godfather works on a bad entertainment level and sometimes I'm not in the mood for that. Scenes with Bucky and the hallucination scenes are hilariously bad. This was a severe letdown to me but it isn't an abomination.

Rodney Eckrich
Rodney Eckrich

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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