Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/2015
UPC: 0043396465930
Original Release: 1986
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank: 32,043

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Pryor Jo Jo Dancer
Debbie Allen Michelle
Art Evans Arturo
Fay Hauser Grace
Barbara Williams Dawn
Dennis Farina Freddy
Wings Hauser Cliff
Carmen McRae Grandmother
Paula Kelly Satin Doll
Diahnne Abbott Mother
Scoey Mitchell Father
Billy Eckstine Johnny Barnett
E'lon Cox Little Jo Jo
Gary Allen Male Heckler
Jack Andreozzi 1st Gangster
Martin Azarow 2nd Gangster
J.J. Barry Sal
Jimmy Binkley Group Hose Band at Spencer's
Tanya Boyd Alicia
Reuben Cannon Actor
Virginia Capers Emma Ray
Gloria Charles Lady at Grandmother's House
Frederick Coffin Dr. Weissman
Richard Daugherty 2nd John
Mary Bond Davis Lady at Grandmother's House
Charlie Dell 1st John
Bebe Drake Angry Prostitute
Ken Foree Big Jake
Howard L.W. Fortune Hotel Bouncer
Sig Frohlich Ziggy
Michael Genovese Gino
Rod Gist Manager
Richard Grossman Dr. Carlyle
Teri Hafford Olivia
Alicia Shonte Harvey Waitress
Edwin Hausam Desk Clerk
Dennis Hayden 1st Policeman
Sam Hennings 2nd Policeman
Linda Hoy Emergency Room Nurse
Michael Ironside Det. Lawrence
Rashon Kahn Bodyguard
Charles Knapp Fat Man
Joanna Lipari Night Club Patron
Jo Ann Mann Madam
Erika Marr Showgirl
Valerie McIntosh Lady at Gradmother's House
Dorothy McLennan Dorothy
Angella Mitchell Showgirl
Tracy Morgan Female Heckler
Kiblena Peace Joy
Deon Pearson Charlie
Michael Prince Screening Room Producer
Laura Rae Dawn's Friend
Edy Roberts Madelyn
Elizabeth Robinson Secretary
Roxanne Rolle Showgirl
Erastus Spencer Mr. Spencer
Beau Starr Vito
Dewayne Taylor Boy on Bus
Robin Torell Michelle's Dance Partner
Rocco Urbisci Screening Room Director
Marlene Warfield Sonja
Ludie Washington Backstage Manager
Dean Wein Stage Hand
Cheri Wells Lady at Grandmother's House
Michael Williams Raymond
Geraldine Mason Showgirl

Technical Credits
Richard Pryor Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Renaldo Benson Songwriter
Ruby Bloom Songwriter
Marilyn Bradfield Consultant/advisor
Donn Cambern Editor
Chaka Khan Songwriter
Charles Cimmons Songwriter
Alfred Cleveland Songwriter
Cloudia Set Decoration/Design
John De Cuir Production Designer
Autry de Walt Songwriter
Bo Diddley Songwriter
Larry Fuentes Special Effects
Lee Gaines Songwriter
Kenny Gamble Songwriter
Herbie Hancock Score Composer
Bruce Hawes Songwriter
Leon Huff Songwriter
Anthony Jackson Songwriter
Ted Koehler Songwriter
Tony Lloyd Makeup
Melody London Songwriter
Fred Long Songwriter
Terry Miles Makeup
Paul Mooney Screenwriter
Warren "Pete" Moore Songwriter
MckInley Morganfield Songwriter
Ron Oliney Stunts
Cleve Reed Songwriter
Jennifer Stace Choreography
William "Mickey" Stevenson Songwriter
Frank Strayer Songwriter
Barrett Strong Songwriter
Rocco Urbisci Screenwriter
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Norman Whitfield Songwriter
John G. Wilson Associate Producer

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Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KarlPallmeyer More than 1 year ago
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.