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Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

After severely burning himself in a drug incident, a comedian has a near death experience in which he reviews his life.

Director:

Richard Pryor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pryor ... Jo Jo Dancer / Alter Ego
Debbie Allen ... Michelle
Art Evans ... Arturo
Fay Hauser ... Grace
Barbara Williams ... Dawn
Carmen McRae ... Grandmother
Paula Kelly ... Satin Doll
Diahnne Abbott ... Mother
Scoey Mitchell ... Father
Billy Eckstine Billy Eckstine ... Johnny Barnett
Tanya Boyd ... Alicia
Wings Hauser ... Cliff
E'Lon Cox E'Lon Cox ... Little Jo Jo
Michael Ironside ... Detective Lawrence
J.J. Barry ... Sal
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Storyline

In this film that closely parallels his own life story, Richard Pryor plays Jo Jo Dancer, a popular stand-up comedian who has severely burned himself in a drug incident. As he lies unconscious in a hospital, his spiritual alter ego gets up and begins a journey of his own. He revisits his life, from growing up in a brothel as a child and struggling to beat the long odds to become a top rated comedian. However, his success brings new problems as he develops a tragic pattern of substance abuse that begins to screw up his life. All the while, Jo Jo's spirit watches these events and attempts to convince his past self to turn off from his path of self destruction. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Taglines:

The Role Of His Life. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jo Jo Dancer See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,879,107, 4 May 1986

Gross USA:

$18,034,150

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,034,150
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Pryor said that despite obvious links to his own experience, the film was not autobiographical: "I gave Jo Jo some of the emotional content of my life. Maybe more than I meant to. But an autobiography is a factual account with real people, places, names, and events. "This isn't. Jo Jo goes through what I went through, yet it happens differently to him. Characters are combined from many people, many feelings." See more »

Goofs

A 1980's Lincoln Town Car appears twice during the "Young Jojo" sequence: Over Young Jojo's shoulder during closeups when he looks back at "Older Jojo" sitting at the corner store, and then again briefly parked in front of the family house a few minutes later when he returns home and is chastised by his grandmother for playing on the lawn. See more »

Quotes

Jo Jo Dancer: [to his wife as he gets on the bus] I'm gonna write you, I'm gonna write you.
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Connections

Featured in Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Shotgun
Written by Junior Walker (as Autry DeWalt)
Performed by Jr. Walker and the All Stars (as Jr. Walker and The All Stars)
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Now that he is dead...
12 December 2005 | by geoff-162See all my reviews

...this movie resonates all the more of the difficult life he lived and the humor that somehow came out of it.

Pryor begins life as the son of a Prostitute, later turns his hyper energy into Theatre (thanks to a school teacher who he later gave his 1st Emmey to), turns to drug and alcohol addiction, is savagely burned during a bad freebase accident, is diagnosed with MS, is forced to spend his life in a wheelchair and throughout goes through many divorces. And the man is funny - what a genius (campare to Beethoven's life).

Props to Richard Pryor for sharing his life and also for being the 1st African-American comedian to take on 'race' and actually making it work.

Pryor was the Man!


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