by Spike Lee
Written by Spike Lee
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
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
R for strong language and some violence.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001
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.
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.
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.
keep up your life's work
Subject: A must-see film for Americans!!
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2000
simply, Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" is the best, most important film
(and American history lesson) of 2000. Frazier
HIT IN THE HEAD
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2000
"Bamboozoled" is like being repeatedly hit in the head with baseball
bat for two hours and fifteen minutes.