Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling

1986

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

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Popular African-American comedian Jo Jo Dancer is severely burned while free-basing cocaine. Producer/director/writer Richard Pryor insists that the movie is not autobiographical. While hovering between life and death, Dancer flashes back to his childhood, when he grew up in a brothel. Producer/director/writer Richard Pryor insists that the movie is not autobiographical. Dancer decides to become a comic, but has a great many difficulties rising to stardom until he begins making scatological comments about race relations. Producer/director/writer Richard Pryor insists that the movie is not autobiographical. As he rises to fame, Jo Jo has problems controlling his drug addiction and womanizing. Producer/director/writer Richard Pryor insists.....Well, you've caught on by now. If one were able to excise the excruciatingly boring "introspection" scene, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling would stand as an excellent testimonial to Richard Pryor's cutting-edge comic brilliance.

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Cast

Richard Pryor
as Jo Jo Dancer/Alter Ego
Debbie Allen
as Michelle
Art Evans
as Arturo
Carmen McRae
as Grandmother
Paula Kelly
as Satin Doll
Billy Eckstine
as Johnny Barnett
E'Lon Cox
as Little Jo Jo
Tanya Boyd
as Alicia
Michael Ironside
as Detective Lawrence
Frederick Coffin
as Dr. Weissman
Ken Foree
as Big Jake
Bebe Drake-Massey
as Angry Prostitute
Charlie Dell
as 1st John
Bebe Drake
as Angry Prostitute
Edy Roberts
as Madelyn
Michael Prince
as Screening-Room Producer
Rocco Urbisci
as Screening-Room Director
Rod Gist
as Manager
Lou B. Washington
as Backstage Manager
Larry Murphy
as Male Attendant
Linda Hoy
as Emergency-Room Nurse
Dennis Hayden
as 1st Policeman
Sam Hennings
as 2nd Policeman
Rashon Kahn
as Bodyguard
Tracy Morgan
as Female Heckler
Gary Allen
as Male Heckler
Jack Andreozzi
as 1st Gangster
Martin Azarow
as 2nd Gangster
Dean Wein
as Stage Hand
Joanna Lipari
as Nightclub Patron
Robin Torell
as Michelle's Dance Partner
Laura Rae
as Dawn's Friend
Erika Marr
as Showgirl
Roxanne Rolle
as Showgirl
Deon Pearson
as Charlie
Erastus Spencer
as Mr. Spencer
Edwin Hausam
as Desk Clerk
Howard L.W. Fortune
as Hotel Bouncer
Dewayne Taylor
as Boy on Bus
Gloria Charles
as Lady at Grandmother's House
Mary Bond Davis
as Lady at Grandmother's House
Cheri Wells
as Lady at Grandmother's House
Valerie McIntosh
as Lady at Grandmother's House
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Pryor has taken some major risks in this movie. He has played straight and honest with his story, but he also has shown that he has a real gift as a director; the narrative scenes in the movie have a conviction and an interest that grow and hold us.

Dec 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Awesome!

Oct 11, 2008 | Rating: 5/5

Completely forgettable

Jan 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/5

The sorrow is real, the pity is palpable - but Richard Pryor should have let someone else film his life story.

Aug 3, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

If it hadn't been directed by its subject, it would have been a great disservice. As such, it's just a major disappointment.

Mar 11, 2002 | Rating: 42/100

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