Thursday, March 10, 2016

Not Your Father's Disco

Disco Godfather (1979) has been on my list for a while. I don't know why. It stars Rudy Ray Moore, so you know it's going to be something between blaxploitation and a parody of same.

Moore is the Disco Godfather - owner and DJ of a popular disco club. When he's behind the wheels of steel, he wears some seriously 70's threads - huge lapels and cuffs, bare chest to the beltline, silver and gold chains, etc. He dresses like Black Moses, but sadly doesn't have Isaac Hayes' body. When you see how his trousers are cut in back, though - he's not as bad as you'd think.

Moore's favorite nephew is young, handsome Julius Carry (Sho' Nuff from Last Dragon, in his first role). He's a fine young man, well-liked and a great dancer, but he is hanging around with the wrong crowd, and he gets into PCP! You know, angel dust, the wack. He freaks out on the dance floor, and not in a good way. So Moore vows to get PCP out of the co-mun-it-y!

He fights PCP with kung fu, of course, but not as much as you'd think. Mostly he organizes church ladies and the PTA. It's so cute, and I think it's intended to look silly and ineffectual. It's hard to tell, because this is not a brilliantly made film.

But it is a lot of fun. We see a ton of PCP freakouts, including a hallucinatory b-ball game and a roast baby. Will the Godfather save the co-mun-it-y, or will he succumb to PCP?!? Tune in and find out.

I'd say this was an important source if you want to get all the in-jokes from Black Dynamite.

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