Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
|Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Richard Pryor|
|Produced by||Richard Pryor|
|Written by||Rocco Urbisci
|Music by||Herbie Hancock|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling is a 1986 semi-autobiographical film starring Richard Pryor. This was the first and only feature film he directed (although he is credited as such on the screen version of Richard Pryor: Here and Now).
Pryor plays Jo Jo Dancer, a popular stand-up comedian who has severely burned himself in a drug incident. The film came out after Pryor had severely burned himself in an attempted suicide.
As Dancer lies hospitalized in a coma, his spiritual alter ego 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 leads to extensive drug use and womanizing that takes its toll on his life. Jo Jo's spirit watches and attempts to convince his past self to end the cycle of self-destruction.
- Richard Pryor as Jo Jo Dancer
- Paula Kelly as Satin Doll
- Billy Eckstine as Johnny Barnett
- Carmen McRae as Grandmother
- Diahnne Abbott as Mother
- Debbie Allen as Michelle
- Art Evans as Arturo
- Barbara Williams as Dawn
- Wings Hauser as Cliff
- Michael Ironside as Detective Lawrence
The earlier parts of the film were shot in Pryor's hometown of Peoria, Illinois.
- "Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling", Box Office Mojo.
- Gene Siskel (May 4, 1986). "Richard Pryor Comes Clean In Harrowing Recap Of Life". Chicago Tribune.
- "Short Circuit A Box-office Live Wire". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
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