Petey Wheatstraw

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Overview

In this slapstick blaxploitation feature, Petey Wheatstraw (Rudy Ray Moore, aka "Mr. Dolomite") is a candidate to become the devil's son-in-law. The storyline is a scaffolding on which Rudy Ray Moore's standup humor can be unfolded. Beginning life as the afterbirth to a watermelon, the young Wheatstraw becomes a martial artist, but is unable to best the evil comedy team of Leroy and Skillet, who also indulge in wholesale murder. Satan restores the comedians' victims to life, and charges Petey with the task of ...
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Overview

In this slapstick blaxploitation feature, Petey Wheatstraw (Rudy Ray Moore, aka "Mr. Dolomite") is a candidate to become the devil's son-in-law. The storyline is a scaffolding on which Rudy Ray Moore's standup humor can be unfolded. Beginning life as the afterbirth to a watermelon, the young Wheatstraw becomes a martial artist, but is unable to best the evil comedy team of Leroy and Skillet, who also indulge in wholesale murder. Satan restores the comedians' victims to life, and charges Petey with the task of marrying his clock-stoppingly ugly daughter to giving him a grandchild. When Petey attempts to default on the deal, he is pursued by the devil's henchmen.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

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The blaxploitation genre produced its fair share of colorful oddities during its brief window of popularity, but none of those films were ever as mind-alteringly surreal as Petey Wheatstraw. This no-budget fusion of trashy comedy and cut-rate action can't be termed a success in the conventional sense. The plot changes direction every five minutes, the technical credits are threadbare, and calling the acting "amateurish" would be a polite understatement. Despite these seemingly insurmountable problems, Petey Wheatstraw remains strangely compelling because of its desire to entertain against all odds. The film throws a furiously paced barrage of every exploitation element imaginable at viewers in an attempt to keep them hooked: dime-store special effects, kung-fu, musical scenes, sex, slapstick, and the cheapest jokes imaginable (one scene is built around a group of people's reaction to a man who has accidentally lost control of his bowels). The film also makes the most of the unusual charisma of Rudy Ray Moore. Whether he is enacting questionable kung-fu moves on demons in leotards or romancing a room filled with the devil's temptresses, he overcomes his limited acting skills through a combination of macho swagger and sheer will power. In short, Petey Wheatstraw ranks right up alongside Edward D. Wood Jr.'s finest moments in the annals of compulsively watchable bad cinema.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2002
  • UPC: 000799102923
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Source: Xenon
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,759

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rudy Ray Moore
Jimmy Lynch
Wildman Steve
Lady Reed
Doc Watson
Technical Credits
Cliff Roquemore Director, Screenwriter
Ayanna Dulaney Asst. Director
Cecelia Hall Editor
Nicholas Josef von Sternberg Cinematographer
Theadore Toney Producer
Jack Tucker Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Welcome [8:36]
2. Petey's Stand Up [8:05]
3. Wrecked Ride [7:01]
4. Tragedy [5:41]
5. The Deal [9:27]
6. Petey's Back [7:32]
7. Mr. White [16:14]
8. Magic Cane [6:10]
9. Petey and Lou [10:16]
10. The Devil's Pad [12:35]
11. Showdown [5:31]
12. End Credits [1:52]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selections
   Extra Features
      Location Tour With Rudy Ray Moore
      Trivia Game
      Restored Theatrical Trailers & Radio Spots
         Dolemite
         The Human Tornado
         Disco Godfather
         Radio Spots
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NEWSFLASH- Petey Wheatstraw could be your father!

    PW is a gem of semi-modern cinima. only in 1977 could such a masterpiece have been created.maybe you should buy this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is the shizzy cracka!

    i cant even begin to describe this masterpiece of modern cinema. GO AND BUY THIS MOVIE!!

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    Posted January 10, 2009

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