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Bamboozled (2000)

Damon Wayans , Savion Glover , Spike Lee  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Rapaport, Tommy Davidson
  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Writers: Spike Lee
  • Producers: Spike Lee, Jon Kilik, Kisha Imani Cameron
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2001
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A1TJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,137 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bamboozled" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature-length commentary with director Spike Lee
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music videos
  • Original documentary on the making of Bamboozled
  • Animated gallery of artwork created for the film

Editorial Reviews

Spike Lee directs this sizzling satire on race and racism within the modern media world. Starring Damon Wayons (Major Payne TV's In Living Color) and Jada Pinkett-Smith (Set It Off Scream 2 The Nutty Professor)Running Time: 136 min.System Requirements:Starring: Damon Wayans Jada Pinkett-Smith Michael Rapaport Tommy Davidson and Savion Glover. Directed By: Spike Lee. Running Time: 136 Min. Color. This film is presented in "Widescreen" format. Copyright 2000 Warner Home Video.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: R UPC: 794043519727

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow--an amazing eye opener! May 3, 2005
I finally saw this film recently after reading an editorial that mentioned this film in regards to how the racial stereotypes perpetuated in Minstrel shows continue this day in any rap video you see. This film is a much needed eye opener, a satire with a deeper message. The use of satire is often necessary to bring to people's attention the underlying truth that most cannot accept at face value. This film perfectly draws out on our society's racism and race relations.

A few years ago, I remember coming across an advertisement for a Minstrel show that my church congregation put on in the 1950s. Considering that there are few African American members of my church to begin with, it was a complete shock to me who these nice elderly people could do such a thing. With "Bamboozled", Spike concludes the film with an excellent montage of images from movies, TV shows, cartoons that all featured the worst stereotypes of African Americans as bug-eyed, big lipped, ants-in-pants, cannibalistic animals, who sang and dance, shucked and jived, all kinds of terrible traits. These images were taken from Shirley Temple movies and films with Bing Crosby, Mickey Rooney, and Judy Garland. It was an eye opener. Even Warner Brothers cartoons of my recent youth (1970s) contained racist images in the guise of Bugs Bunny in some of his antics.

I've been meaning to watch all of Spike Lee's films someday, as I like the statements he tries to make in his films. He has amassed an interesting body of work, though some were more successful than others. For me, "Malcolm X" and "Do The Right Thing" are his best works, and this one would be third, ahead of "Jungle Fever".
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spike Lee tragedy full of symbolism and metaphor November 20, 2004
I have recently decided to finally expose myself to the work of Spike Lee, putting his entire body of work at the top of my DVD rental list, and Bamboozled was the first one to arrive. I must say that I can not wait for the rest of them to come in. The only negative aspect of this film is something that several others have pointed out...the voice of Damon Wayans' character. Through the film it did begin to grate on me as I heard it, seeming too forced and unreal. However, Wayans did a solid job of portraying a man who, having made a horrible mistake of judgement, slips into denial and ends up rationalizing the error to himself until he believes he actually did the right thing. The supporting cast was also very strong, Savion Glover is a very talented tap dancer, and Tommy Davidson shows that he is more than just a comedic actor. Michael Rappaport pulled off what was a very dangerous role, as it is so easy to play the role of a white man trying to be black and turn it into a cliche of ignorance. Instead, he was very believable and very tasteless and rude, a flawless performance.

As for Spike Lee? I thoroughly enjoyed his direction. The graininess and edginess of the quality of the cinematography is a beautiful character of his work. It has a distinct style that can be identified as his work immediately. He wrote a very powerful story, showing several sides of the struggle of the black man trying to be successful in this day and age. Sometimes, it seems that the only way to succeed is to sell out in one way or another. In the end, the deaths are metaphorical, symbolizing the cultural death of those who sell out, that they are eventually ostracized from both the white and the black sides of society.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Is you is, or is you ain't? . . ." June 19, 2005
Spike Lee's Bamboozled owes a lot to Paddy Chayefsky's story Network (1976), which owes a lot to writer Budd Schulberg's A Face in the Crowd (1957). All three movies are about TV personalities who become the personification of social or political movements.

In Bamboozled, Spike Lee makes his debt to Network explicit by having a black TV announcer tell his TV audience to go to their windows, open them, and shout to the world that they're "not going to take it any more," just as Peter Finch's Edward R. Murrow-type news anchor did in Network. Then the star of the TV show in Bamboozled collapses, like the news anchor.

In Bamboozled, the black dancer who stars in The New Millennium Minstrel Show loses his identity and becomes a stereotype. The network changes his name from Manray (an artist, like Man Ray?) to Mantan (after Mantan Moreland, the bulgy-eyed comic in old movies).

When Network first came out, everything it predicted was outrageous, but it's all reality (or reality TV) now. TV news departments are no longer subsidized by entertainment divisions - - news departments ARE entertainment divisions, or more precisely, news IS entertainment. Sibyl the Soothsayer in Network has become John Edward, crossing over between the spirit world and a country that finds superstition more comforting than science. (We're desperate not to be Left Behind.)

In an interview in Cineaste magazine (vol. XXVI, no. 2, 2001), Spike Lee tells why he dedicated Bamboozled to Budd Schulberg, the writer of A Face in the Crowd, the movie that made Andy Griffith a star.

Andy Griffith is like John Wayne. He only played one character on film and TV - - himself - - and Griffith's Lonesome Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd is like Wayne's Ethan Edwards in The Searchers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bamboozled
The movie itself was, think a great depiction of how some behind the scenes Hollywood business happens when it comes to minorities. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Larry Alexander Jr
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, unwatchable film
Sometimes when people respond to films, they respond to the message of a movie rather than the actual quality. This has been true of the films of Spike Lee. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael D. Sepesy
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie.
I believe bamboozled should be required watching for all Black Americans (and all Americans, as it provides insight rarely seen in media). Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Moore
1.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs fown
The film was slow from start to finish. Overly dramatic, insane, filmed in low quility, obnoxious angles, great actors but it was a horrible use of great talent.
Published 3 months ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars 40 acres
Watching this movie was like witnessing Spike Lee in therapy.

The best parts: Savion Glover & troupe, the Roots, and Tom Byrd. Read more
Published 6 months ago by consumer
1.0 out of 5 stars I was bamboozled
I was bamboozled. I ordered a DVD, but was sent a vhs tape. Pretty useless item since i have no way to view it.
Published 11 months ago by gregory tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Link between Past and present
I think Spike does a very good job of connecting the old slave images with the contemporary images of today. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Darryl Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Best spike lee ever
Not a comedy! Very serious subject matter. Spike Lee was making a point with this film. The actors played their roles to perfection. You either love or hate them . Read more
Published 15 months ago by Justin
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't play.
This DVD would not play on any DVD player or PC that I owned. Finally we figured out that I'd been sent a DVD for another region so anything I tried would not read it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Phoebe Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I watched this movie with my son and girlfriend who had never seen it. This movie is so profound and relevant even today that I feel every communications, or film student should... Read more
Published 17 months ago by James E. Middleton
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