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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.

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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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The Role Of His Life. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In gathering an ensemble cast, Richard Pryor chose several actors and actresses whose talent he admired, but with many of whom he had not previously worked. Pryor explained: "A movie is a collective effort; no one person makes a picture. But in the end, what gets up there on-screen is the director's vision. I wanted this to be my vision." 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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Just Squeeze Me
Written by Duke Ellington and Lee Gaines
Performed by Miles Davis Quintet
Courtesy of Prestige Records
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Like every other biography
12 April 2002 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

Thin, sketchy story; interesting and well enough done but, like all these life history films, too little in too small a space. Dancer aged twenty years in about fifteen minutes of stage routines, then he went through three wives in around sixty minutes. If one wants to know about Pryor, reading his bio would be a wiser choice.


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