I Saw A Film!

Rudy Ray Moore is always a good time. The Disco Godfather part of this is only about the first fifteen minutes, soon enough, he’s Tucker, tough street disciplinarian looking to shut down drugs and their dealers through a combination of his patented verbal wit and karate. The only difficult bits of this film are the cloying random character admirations for Tucker. It’s a little hard to take this kind of exposition as cops and mothers explain to us how those drug dealers are in trouble now as Tucker is on their asses.

The message is clear, drugs are bad, but how bad are they? They are really bad! PCP causes mothers to cook their children, and nephews to have bizarre fantasies about fighting and basketball and zombies. The sequences depicting the hallucinations are unfortunately more laughable than terrifying. They’re also a bit too frequently used. Dark stage surrounds and bright light illumines the objects of our terror. But there seems to be a bit more at stake, the story seems to imply a religious war at the heart of our drug problem. Glowing eyes and finger tips seem to imply demons as preachers pray over the victims strapped to beds.

Rudy was born in 1927, according IMDB, and it’s pretty impressive to witness this 50-something not just dancing and rapping, but also managing some pretty enjoyable action sequences. He could have been a major Bollywood hero. At one point turning the tables on a guy whipping him by simply grabbing the whip and slamming the weird “cowboy” antagonist into a wall, righting an endless tradition of slave abuse. At another point he takes on a “sumo”–recognizable simply by the ceremonial stomping. In his many close-ups Tucker always has a sneer or a sparkling grin and a quip. He’s something of a superhero but one with a disco soul and a terrific outfit.

Unfortunately the film does get a little out of control. There are too many of those raging close-ups, and far too many goofy monster hallucination sequences, and the amount of screaming voices is terribly distracting. Still as far as personal movie projects go, this thing is pretty focused. Especially taking into account the disco dancing to drug war to karate fight desires of the makers of the film. Rudy Ray Moore has often accomplished drama and comedy and while often silly and occasionally laughable, always remarkably entertaining, and even inspired. There are times when the outfits seem to be taking over the film, but then that was a huge part of the disco culture and not really something to complain about.

This runs free on Prime and we’ll all “put some weight on it!” as the Disco Godfather implores!

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