My favorite movie of all time...
I was this in about 1988/89 or so at the age of 16 or 17. I have never really like Richard's comedy - not a fan of the profanity. But I have always respected Richard and his talent and his contributions. I love watching his movies! Strangely enough, in "Uptown Saturday Night" he MAYBE was on screen for 3 minutes and he was HILARIOUS!!! So very talented that if he were to sit in front of you and try not to speak or smile, you would crack up!!
But Jo Jo Dancer to me was a fantastic movie. Very entertaining, while telling a very tragic story. Sort of like the idea that a good comic's talent comes from a place of great pain/torture where they are very intense people when not performing -or- they're just happy-go-lucky people on and off stage. I believe Richard's came from a place of pain.
I literally watched it so many times back then that I new EVERY LINE!!! Not kidding!!!! I could speak EVERY LINE of the movie!!! I saw it the other day and could still do about 95% even now!!! Back then my family used to HATE to watch it with me, but never failed to call me in the room when it was on! I do the same with Tombstone too, by the way...
While it may not be what Hollywood considers an "award" type movie, that doesn't mean it's not a classic. It was multi-faceted, beautifully shot, great wardrobe, music out of this world (I have a cassette tape of the soundtrack - CD's were not out on the late 80's...).
I recommend everyone to take a great Saturday afternoon, run your errands, clean the house, order a pizza and your favorite dessert and watch.
"So, you quit your god damned job?" "Yeah!, Quit his job!" "Gonna be in show business. Ain't that what you told Hank down at the barber shop?"
"Y'all killed two Cowboys."