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Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005)

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A mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax.

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Michel Gondry

Writer:

Dave Chappelle
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dave Chappelle ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erykah Badu ... Herself
Isaac ben Ayala Isaac ben Ayala ... Isaac ben Ayala
Yasiin Bey ... Himself (as Mos Def)
Big Daddy Kane ... Himself
Bilal ... Himself (as Bilal Oliver)
Cody ChesnuTT Cody ChesnuTT ... Himself
Keyshia Cole ... Herself
Common ... Himself
Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis ... Himself - The Fugees (as Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis)
Fugees ... Themselves
Alice Goguen Alice Goguen ... Herself - Ohio
James 'Kamal' Gray James 'Kamal' Gray ... Himself - The Roots
Fred Hampton Jr. Fred Hampton Jr. ... Himself (as Chairman Fred Hampton Jr.)
Lauryn Hill ... Herself - The Fugees
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Storyline

Dave Chappelle presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its very own once-in-a-lifetime free block party. In addition to Chappelle, the roster of artists includes Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, the Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Big Daddy Kane, and - reunited for their first performance in over seven years - the Fugees. Includes private rehearsals footage and Chappelle in the small Ohio town he calls home, where he wanders through town handing out golden tickets to invite several dozen citizens to join the party, providing transportation and lodging for their visit to Brooklyn. Ohio's Central State University marching band makes the trip and kicks off the festivities at the intersection of Quincy and Downing Streets. A diverse crowd and Chappelle's freestyle wit guides them (and us) through a celebration of music and comedy, history and community. Written by Focus Features

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You're invited to the party of the decade! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Dave Chappelle/Michel Gondry Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,214,723, 5 March 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,694,528, 2 April 2006
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During a scene of the concert, rapper J. Cole can be clearly seen in the crowd. See more »

Goofs

Dave Chappelle's main reason for holding the block party in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn was because, he says, that hip-hop originated there. However, hip-hop really originated in the South Bronx and spread to the other sections of New York soon afterward. See more »

Quotes

Dave Chappelle: Attention, Huxtables, there is a block party down the street. Bring Yourselves. BRING YOURSELVES! And bring Rudy, Theo, and Denise.
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Connections

References Mister T (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Get By
Written by Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Nina Simone
Performed by Talib Kweli featuring Yasiin Bey and Common
Talib Kweli appears courtesy of Rawkus Entertainment
Mos Def appears courtesy of Geffen Records
Common appears courtesy of Geffen Records
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Entertaining and thoughtful
13 September 2005 | by karthigSee all my reviews

Saw "Block Party" at the Toronto Film Festival as a work-in-progress. You will laugh until your stomach hurts watching this film. Chappell's comedy provides the balance this film needs to serve as an entertaining reflection of the segregation and urban neglect the exists in America today. This message exists as the subtext, and sometimes bluntly, in the humour, interviews, and the music.

Michel Gondry did an amazing job capturing some rather beautiful images. In one shot, it lasted for only a few seconds, a beautiful young woman rocks out to Mos Def while perched on her boyfriend's shoulders.

Whether or not you're a fan of the music, it's hard not to be totally engrossed by this film. Plus Dave Chappell's in it!


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