BAMBOOZLED
I attended the press screening of this film and I was the only one in the theater. The next day I say the press screening of The Contender and the place was packed. Racism still exists.

BAMBOOZLED
(2000)


This page was created on October 25, 2000
This page was last updated on May 22, 2005

Directed by Spike Lee
Written by Spike Lee

Damon Wayans .... Pierre Delacroix
Savion Glover .... Manray/Mantan
Jada Pinkett Smith .... Sloan Hopkins
Tommy Davidson .... Womack/Sleep 'n' Eat
Michael Rapaport .... Dunwitty
Thomas Jefferson Byrd .... Honeycutt

Produced by Kisha Imani Cameron (associate), Jon Kilik and Spike Lee
Original music by Terence Blanchard
Cinematography by Ellen Kuras
Film Editing by Samuel D. Pollard

Rated R for strong language and some violence.

"Starring the great negroe actors."

STUDIO SYNOPSIS:
Television gets a bold new viewing in Spike Lee's Bamboozled. Lee's latest film is a blistering satire of network television's pitfalls and prejudices, a humorous look at how race, ratings and the pursuit of power lead to a television writer's stunning rise and tragic downfall.

Damon Wayans stars as Pierre Delacroix, a hip, young, Harvard-educated writer who is the sole person of color working for an upstart network with floundering ratings. Despite several attempts, Delacroix has yet to see any of his concepts go into production. Now his boss, the ratings-hungry, culture-vulture Dunwitty (Michael Rapaport), issues him a searing ultimatum: come up with a hot, trend-setting, headline-making, urban hit or get fired.

Feeling doomed, Delacroix decides to present the most outrageous, unbelievable farce of stereotypical comedy he can imagine - hearkening back to the old days of "black-face" minstrels with a variety show featuring Manray (Savion Glover), a homeless tap dancer, and his sidekick Womack (Tommy Davidson).

Incredibly, Delacroix's spoof turns into a ratings bonanza, a cultural phenomenon that has the media pundits raving and audiences of all types howling. But, for Delacroix, the runaway success of "Mantan The New Millennium Minstrel Show" is the start of a rapid unraveling. Despite trying to defend his hit show, Delacroix comes under attack from all sides, not least if all from his own beautiful assistant Sloan Hopkins (Jada Pinkett Smith), who is falling for Manray, and her radical hip hop rapper brother Big Black. Delacroix's ratings keep rocketing, but they peak on a day that will change everything.

Bamboozled mixes comedy with intrepid social commentary about the way the media works. "Two of my favorite films are A Face in the Crowd and Network and I used both as a platform, and as inspiration. This is a piercing look into the past and future of film and television," says Lee.

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ANOTHER MASTERPIECE
Subject: Bamboozled
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001
From: "karl"

I saw the film in the London torcadero cinema, there where 5 people there; two persons walked out during the film. I thought the film was great as it broke the ground rules once again by managing to tell so much with great dialogue and filming technic, which if intellectualised all ways misses the point; as intended.

The film some how exposed everyone who has ever been touched by the experience of the Diaspora, no one was exempt, as nothing has changed. For me it shows that we all get consumed in the monster that is capitalism, and by the time we so call "make it !" all is lost. As the beast has no virtues, it was not meant to it's a beast.

I shall be purchasing the DVD when it comes out, and it shall be compusory viewing for my kids and the generations to come.

I know the truth hurts and there will be a time in the future that when the truth is heard it will not be denied, as without this element there will be no balance and we all shall have nothing.

Spike keep up your life's work

A MUST SEE!
Subject: A must-see film for Americans!!
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2000
From: Frazier

Quite simply, Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" is the best, most important film (and American history lesson) of 2000. Frazier

REPEATEDLY HIT IN THE HEAD
Subject: Bamboozled
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2000
From: JER

Watching "Bamboozoled" is like being repeatedly hit in the head with baseball bat for two hours and fifteen minutes.

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