Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

Mighty Aphrodite
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 1hr 33mins.
Genres Comedy, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
  
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    Spike Lee is a natural tree-shaker and grenade-thrower whose remarks to the press sometimes provoke deeper arguments about American culture than most of the softball "message" movies Hollywood lobs out for Oscar consideration. Few of his recent films have lived up to the early promise of Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X, but even his misfires display a kind of intellectual daring that's increasingly difficult to find in movie theaters these days. Such is the case with Bamboozled, a potent but unfocused satire about the depiction of blacks in the media that ultimately collapses under the weight of its lofty ambitions. Paying homage at several points to its clear model, the seminal 1976 television-biz send-up Network, Lee's latest attack on institutionalized racism follows Harvard-educated black TV exec Pierre Delacroix (Damon Wayans). He responds to pressure from his boss (Michael Rapaport) to dream up a "cutting edge" new program that will boost the network's lagging ratings. Delacroix responds with a concept so offensive that he's sure it will be rejected out of hand: an old-fashioned minstrel show featuring two "Amos and Andy"-style characters clowning in blackface at a Southern plantation. To his surprise (but hardly the audience's), this shocking collection of racial stereotypes is quickly picked up for production, and the resulting show is an instant hit with white and black audiences alike. Writer-director-producer Lee is at home with the biting irony of the film's first section, and scenes, such as the one in which Delacroix urges the program's all-white writing staff to dig into its personal angst over the O.J. Simpson verdict ("How do you feel when the glove didn't fit?"), are hilariously on-target. The decision to shoot in digital video - currently the rage among indie filmmakers - fits Lee's fast-and-loose style, and the resulting gritty look works well in a film about television. Once the new show is up and running, however, basic story problems and a lack of clear direction begin to sap the film's momentum. For one thing, we're never given a convincing reason why Delacroix wants to create the most derogatory depiction of black people imaginable (an early suggestion that he's doing so to get fired and escape from his contract with the network just doesn't wash). The motivations of his brainy assistant (Nutty Professor II's Jada Pinkett-Smith) are similarly murky. Lee sets her up as the conscience of the piece, but if she's so knowledgeable about the cultural subjugation of blacks in American history, why does she go along with her Delacroix's horrifying idea in the first place? Wayans' over-the-top work as the pretentious Delacroix generates plenty of humorous moments, though his winking sketch-comedy approach often seems out of sync with the more realistic performances from the rest of the actors. Of these, Rapaport (Mighty Aphrodite) is the funniest as a white network executive who thinks he's down with the black folk because he's in an interracial marriage and has a wall covered with photos of African-American sports heroes. Tommy Davidson (Booty Call) and dancer/choreographer Savion Glover (Broadway's Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk) are charming as the street performers Delacroix recruits to play the show's comedy-and-dance men, but Lee's attempts to flesh out their characters with some last-minute serious drama never really get anywhere. From his wry spoofing of commercials that mirror the minstrel show's black-faced antics to his chilling use of racist imagery from actual movies, TV shows and everyday objects, Lee has loaded Bamboozled with enough challenging ideas to power two or three such movies. However, by the time the film has dragged to the end of its taxing 136 minutes, it's clear he never found a way to shape those ideas into a satisfying whole.

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George Masso Original Music Orchestrations(Dick Hyman Orchestra) 120838 8000030
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Juliet Taylor Casting n/a 179 10000001
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Tom Warren Art Director n/a 183 9000004
David C Weinman Set Dresser n/a 197 9000005
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James Sorice Scenic Artist Master Scenic Artist 745 9000007
John Frosk Original Music Orchestrations(Dick Hyman Orchestra) 120838 8000027
Sidney Cooper Original Music Orchestrations(Dick Hyman Orchestra) 120838 8000026
Randy Lawrence Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000009
Kenny Karen Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000008
Jeff Lyons Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000010
Charles MaGruder Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000011
June Magruder Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000012
Milt Grayson Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000007
Chrissy Faith Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000006
Mary Berry Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000002
Al Dana Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000003
Kevin De Simone Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000004
Paul Evans Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000005
Michael Mark Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000013
Arlene Martell Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000014
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Joe Malin Music Coordinator Musicians Coordinator 206 8000023
Roy B Yokelson Music Engineer Music Recording Engineer 120837 8000024
Walter Levinsky Music Engineer Music Recording Supervisor 120837 8000025
Vaneese Y Thomas Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000020
Annette Sanders Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000019
Helen Miles Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000015
Jenna Miles Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000016
Robert Ragaini Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000017
Lenny Roberts Music Dick Hyman Chorus 120781 8000018
Lilene Mansell Dialect Coach n/a 666 12000003
John Glaser Assistant Costume Designer n/a 252 13000001
Caryn Krooth Production Assistant n/a 275 25000003
Eric Kopeloff Assistant (to Ms. Morse) 120820 25000002
Alexander Cohen Production Assistant n/a 275 25000004
Nancy Lefkowitz Production Assistant n/a 275 25000005
Phil Schulz Production Assistant n/a 275 25000006
Lauren G Chapin Assistant (to Mr. Allen) 120820 25000001
James Mazzola Property Master n/a 120805 24000001
Wayne Moss Carpenter Standby Carpenter 529 21000002
Ron Petagna Construction Coordinator n/a 276 21000003
Vincent Guarriello Construction Chief Construction Grip 120900 21000004
Hernando Henao Craft Service n/a 120903 22000001
Chap Taylor Production Assistant n/a 275 25000007
Gilbert S Williams Jr. Production Assistant n/a 275 25000008
Valeria Licurgo Production Production Staff 120824 25000016
Genka Emili Production Production Staff 120824 25000015
Nicolo Buongiorno Production Production Staff 120824 25000017
Fabio Napolitano Production Production Staff 120824 25000018
Cinzia Sleiter Production Production Staff 120824 25000019
Richard Patrick Second Unit Director n/a 412 25000014
Pete Tavis Transportation Captain n/a 272 25000013
Melissa Zaroff Production Assistant n/a 275 25000009
Cary Wong Production Assistant n/a 275 25000010
Joseph Zolfo Production Assistant n/a 275 25000011
Harold McEvoy Transportation Captain n/a 272 25000012
Frank Didio Carpenter n/a 529 21000001
Willie Rosario Choreographer n/a 120803 17000002
Benjamin Wilson Wardrobe Supervisor n/a 120908 13000009
Melissa Stanton Wardrobe Supervisor n/a 120908 13000008
Dan Evans Farkas Assistant Sound Editor n/a 222 14000001
Micah Solomon Boom Operator n/a 215 14000002
Stuart Levy Foley Foley Supervisor 120961 14000003
Fern Buchner Makeup Designer Make-up Design 447 13000007
Rosemarie Zurlo Makeup n/a 353 13000006
Jeffrey Kurland Costume Designer n/a 169 13000002
Virginia Patton Costumer Costume Assistant 120880 13000003
Romaine Greene Hair Hair Design 120794 13000004
Werner Scherer Hair n/a 120794 13000005
Lee Dichter Rerecording Mixer n/a 120856 14000004
Kimberly R McCord Sound Editor Apprentice Sound Editor 229 14000005
Jack Coffen Best Boy Electric n/a 259 15000005
Salvatore Carino Auditor Assistant Production Auditor 120886 16000001
John A Machione Production Auditor n/a 120815 16000002
Graciela Daniele Choreographer n/a 120803 17000001
Ronald Burke Best Boy Grip n/a 265 15000004
Thomas Gould Cable Operator Cableperson 120964 15000003
Gary Alper Sound Mixer Production Sound Mixer 230 14000006
Robert Hein Supervising Sound Editor n/a 328 14000007
Bob Ward Key Grip n/a 263 15000001
Michael Proscia Jr. Gaffer n/a 268 15000002
Dick Hyman Composer n/a 120836 8000001
Kent Blocher Assistant Editor Assistant Film Editor 203 7000003
Seth Gertsacov Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000035
Paul Giamatti Actor Extras Guild Researcher 1 1000034
Jennifer Greenhut Actor Lenny's Secretary 1 1000036
Karin Haidorfer Actor Park Avenue Couple 1 1000037
Yvette Hawkins Actor School Principal 1 1000038
Ray Garvey Actor Boxing Trainer 1 1000033
Angelo Fraboni Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000032
Denise Faye Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000028
Dann Fink Actor Chorus Voice #2 1 1000029
Scott Fowler Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000030
Marianne Filali Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000031
Paul Herman Actor Ricky's Friend 1 1000039
Patti Karr Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000041
Rosemary Murphy Actor Adoption Coordinator 1 1000050
Dan Mullane Actor Messanger 1 1000049
Chris J Nelson Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000051
Georgette Pasare Actor Porno Film Star 1 1000052
Bray Poor Actor On-Camera Pilot 1 1000053
John Mineo Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000048
Peter McRobbie Actor Linda's Ex-Landlord 1 1000047
Jeffrey Kurland Actor Oedipus 1 1000043
Karen Longwell Actor Chorus Voice #3 1 1000044
Fred C Mann III Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000045
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Danielle Ferland Actor Cassandra 1 1000027
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Jack Warden Actor Tiresias 1 1000009
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Peter Weller Actor Jerry Bender 1 1000010
Dan Moran Actor Ricky the Pimp 1 1000011
Tony Sirico Actor Boxing Trainer 1 1000012
Mira Sorvino Actor Linda Ash 1 1000007
Michael Rapaport Actor Kevin 1 1000006
Woody Allen Actor Lenny 1 1000002
Claire Bloom Actor Amanda's Mother 1 1000003
Helena Bonham Carter Actor Amanda 1 1000004
Olympia Dukakis Actor Jocasta 1 1000005
Jimmy McQuaid Actor Max 1 1000013
William Addy Actor Superintendent 1 1000014
Joseph Coleman Actor Porno Film Star 1 1000022
George de la Pena Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000021
Joanne DiMauro Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000023
Kathleen Doyle Actor Ex-Landlord's Wife 1 1000024
Kenneth Edelson Actor Ken 1 1000025
Tony Darrow Actor Boxing Trainer 1 1000020
Elie Chaib Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000019
Gary Alper Actor Park Avenue Couple 1 1000015
Pamela Blair Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000016
Rene Caballos Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000017
Al Cerullo Jr. Actor Actual Pilot 1 1000018
Steven Randazzo Actor Bud 1 1000054
Tucker Robin Actor Infant Max 1 1000055
Sam Hutchins Location Scout n/a 311 5000012
Drew Dillard Location Scout n/a 311 5000011
Mark von Holstein Location Scout n/a 311 5000013
Marce Sterner Location Scout n/a 311 5000014
Erika Aronson Location Assistant n/a 120947 5000015
Scott Kordish Production Coordinator n/a 162 5000010
Kay Chapin Script Supervisor n/a 191 5000009
Thomas Reilly Assistant Director n/a 163 5000005
Richard Patrick Assistant Director n/a 163 5000006
Dana Robin Location Manager n/a 193 5000007
Tom Yeager Location Manager Studio Manager 193 5000008
Kenneth L. Halsband Location Assistant n/a 120947 5000016
Patrick J Mangan DGA Trainee n/a 120878 5000017
Deborah Brozina Camera Trainee n/a 120998 6000007
Brian Hamill Photography Still Photographer 120835 6000006
Susan E Morse Editor n/a 172 7000001
Sylvia Menno Dialogue Editor n/a 204 7000002
F. Murray Abraham Actor Greek Chorus Leader 1 1000001
Carl Turnquest Jr. Projectionist n/a 121104 6000005
David E Baron Assistant Camera Second Assistant Camera Person 233 6000004
Dori Golod Howell Assistant Production Coordinator n/a 192 5000018
Carlo Di Palma Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Dick Mingalone Camera Operator n/a 239 6000002
Michael Green Assistant Camera First Assistant Camera Person 233 6000003
Paolo Pioggia Production Manager n/a 305 5000004
Michele Virgilio Production Manager n/a 305 5000003
Nolan Tuffy Actor Two- Year old Max 1 1000063
Lisa Vidal Actor Chorus Voice #7 1 1000062
Kent Blocker Actor Voice of Zeus 1 1000064
Bruce Winant Actor Chorus Voice #8 1 1000065
David Kramer Actor Chorus Voice #1 1 1000066
Sven Toorvald Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000061
Bill Timoney Actor Chorus Voice #6 1 1000060
Craig Sechler Actor Chorus Voice #5 1 1000056
Valda Setterfield Actor Greek Chorus 1 1000057
J Smith-Cameron Actor Bud's Wife 1 1000058
Donald Symington Actor Amanda's Father 1 1000059
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Robert Greenhut Producer n/a 3 3000001
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Lucia Comelli Production Supervisor n/a 307 5000001
Helen Robin Production Manager n/a 305 5000002
Letty Aronson Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000007
Charles H Joffe Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000006
Jean Doumanian Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
J.E. Beaucaire Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Helen Robin Co-Producer n/a 170 3000004
Jack Rollins Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000005
William Kruzykowski Assistant Editor Assistant Film Editor 203 7000004
Synopsis
An upscale New York couple decide to adopt a child. Years later, after he proves to be extremely intelligent, the adoptive father sets out to find the biological mother who, he believes, must be a genius. Instead, he finds a young woman who is a prostitute with a scarred past.
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