The Human Tornado (1976)

R | 98 mins | Comedy | 1976

Director:

Cliff Roquemore

Writer:

Jerry Jones

Producer:

Rudy Ray Moore

Cinematographers:

Bob Wilson, Gene Condie

Editor:

Hugo Grimaldi

Production Company:

Comedian International
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HISTORY

Ed Montgomery's name appears in the opening credits as "Ed. Montgomery."
       News items in the 14 May 1976 DV and 24 May 1976 Box announced Dimension Pictures’ acquisition of The Human Tornado, which was scheduled for nationwide release on 23 Jun 1976. Produced by comedian Rudy Ray Moore, The Human Tornado was the sequel to his feature film debut, Dolemite (1975, see entry), and premiered at the Rialto theatre in Atlanta, GA, on 23 Jul 1976, as reported in the 30 Jun 1976 HR. A news item in the 4 Oct 1976 Box stated that the film would open at twenty theaters in Los Angeles, CA, on 6 Oct 1976, and at several theaters in New York City on 13 Oct 1976.
       Reviews of The Human Tornado focused on the film’s shortcomings, particularly editing and continuity. However, the 13 Oct 1976 HR found merit in the performances of actors Java, Herb Graham and Jerry Jones, and the 9 Oct 1976 LAT described the film as “dumber” than its predecessor, but much funnier.
       A news item in the 30 Sep 1976 LAHExam revealed that Java was “Lady Java,” a female impersonator and exotic dancer. According to other sources, she was also known by the name, “Sir Lady Java.”
       The Human Tornado, along with Moore’s other films, developed a large cult following in subsequent years, evidenced by Moore’s obituary in the 22 Oct 2008 NYT. ... More Less

Ed Montgomery's name appears in the opening credits as "Ed. Montgomery."
       News items in the 14 May 1976 DV and 24 May 1976 Box announced Dimension Pictures’ acquisition of The Human Tornado, which was scheduled for nationwide release on 23 Jun 1976. Produced by comedian Rudy Ray Moore, The Human Tornado was the sequel to his feature film debut, Dolemite (1975, see entry), and premiered at the Rialto theatre in Atlanta, GA, on 23 Jul 1976, as reported in the 30 Jun 1976 HR. A news item in the 4 Oct 1976 Box stated that the film would open at twenty theaters in Los Angeles, CA, on 6 Oct 1976, and at several theaters in New York City on 13 Oct 1976.
       Reviews of The Human Tornado focused on the film’s shortcomings, particularly editing and continuity. However, the 13 Oct 1976 HR found merit in the performances of actors Java, Herb Graham and Jerry Jones, and the 9 Oct 1976 LAT described the film as “dumber” than its predecessor, but much funnier.
       A news item in the 30 Sep 1976 LAHExam revealed that Java was “Lady Java,” a female impersonator and exotic dancer. According to other sources, she was also known by the name, “Sir Lady Java.”
       The Human Tornado, along with Moore’s other films, developed a large cult following in subsequent years, evidenced by Moore’s obituary in the 22 Oct 2008 NYT.
More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
24 May 1976.
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Box Office
27 Sep 1976.
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Box Office
4 Oct 1976.
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Daily Variety
14 May 1976.
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Hollywood Reporter
30 Jun 1976.
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 1976
p. 3, 23.
LAHExam
30 Sep 1976.
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Los Angeles Times
9 Oct 1976
p. 10.
New York Times
22 Oct 2008.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Starring
as
Glorya de Lani
as
[and]
World karate champion
And introducing
Also starring
[and]
Louis Hudson
Co-starring
Fred Spencer
[and]
Special guest stars
Martial art fighters
[and]
Sammy Green
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
DPI Dimension Pictures presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
In assoc with
WRITERS
Spec dial
appears through courtesy of Laff Records
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Asst cam
Best boy
Key grip
Still photog
FILM EDITOR
Ed supv
SET DECORATORS
Set des
Set des
COSTUMES
Rudy Ray Moore's ward
Cast ward
Spec ward
MUSIC
Mus score
Songs wrt by
Songs wrt by
SOUND
Sd eff
Sd eff
Boom man
Recordings
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Titles & opticals
MAKEUP
Make up
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec secy
Scr girl
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
STAND INS
Staged by
SOURCES
LITERARY
From the character Dolemite created by Rudy Ray Moore.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Dolemite II: The Human Tornado
Release Date:
1976
Premiere Information:
Atlanta, GA, opening: 23 July 1976 at the Rialto Theatre
Los Angeles opening: 6 October 1976
New York opening: 13 October 1976
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Color by C.F.I.
Duration(in mins):
98
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Citronell, Alabama, Dolemite performs his comedy routine to a rapt audience while a scantily-clad woman performs a provocative dance. Later, Dolemite drives to his hilltop mansion, where a party is in progress. He leads Mrs. Bently into the bedroom and tells her that he will be with her later. In the living room, a man delivers the bad news to a gathering of African Americans that plans to build a home for boys has been abandoned. He introduces Dolemite, who offers his own home to the cause and receives an enthusiastic round of applause. Dolemite returns to the bedroom and tells Mrs. Bently that he needs to “get this shit over with.” She replies, “Dolemite, you’re worth every damn cent I pay you.” Outside, Jethro Goodlow and his mother drive past Dolemite’s house, horrified by the sight of the many African American partygoers. They rush to Sheriff Bently’s office, and tell Deputy Charlie, who delivers the news to the sheriff. Bently, Charlie, Jethro and another deputy arm themselves and drive to Dolemite’s house to raid the party. Party guests Bo, Jimmy and Dough see the police car from the patio and run inside to tell the others, but none are able to escape, and Bently holds the group at gunpoint. When Bently and Charlie attack a young woman, she falls into the doorway of the bedroom, where Dolemite is with Mrs. Bently. On the sheriff’s order, Charlie kills Mrs. Bently, but Dolemite shoots Charlie, escapes through a back door, and tumbles down the hill to the road, where Bo, Jimmy and Dough are waiting in a ... +


In Citronell, Alabama, Dolemite performs his comedy routine to a rapt audience while a scantily-clad woman performs a provocative dance. Later, Dolemite drives to his hilltop mansion, where a party is in progress. He leads Mrs. Bently into the bedroom and tells her that he will be with her later. In the living room, a man delivers the bad news to a gathering of African Americans that plans to build a home for boys has been abandoned. He introduces Dolemite, who offers his own home to the cause and receives an enthusiastic round of applause. Dolemite returns to the bedroom and tells Mrs. Bently that he needs to “get this shit over with.” She replies, “Dolemite, you’re worth every damn cent I pay you.” Outside, Jethro Goodlow and his mother drive past Dolemite’s house, horrified by the sight of the many African American partygoers. They rush to Sheriff Bently’s office, and tell Deputy Charlie, who delivers the news to the sheriff. Bently, Charlie, Jethro and another deputy arm themselves and drive to Dolemite’s house to raid the party. Party guests Bo, Jimmy and Dough see the police car from the patio and run inside to tell the others, but none are able to escape, and Bently holds the group at gunpoint. When Bently and Charlie attack a young woman, she falls into the doorway of the bedroom, where Dolemite is with Mrs. Bently. On the sheriff’s order, Charlie kills Mrs. Bently, but Dolemite shoots Charlie, escapes through a back door, and tumbles down the hill to the road, where Bo, Jimmy and Dough are waiting in a car. Bently and Jethro give chase. After killing Jethro and destroying Bo’s car in a fiery wreck, Dolemite and his comrades travel west on foot. Jimmy flags down an openly gay white man, and when Dolemite, shotgun in hand, demands a ride to California, the driver cheerfully obliges. Along the way, Dolemite phones Queen Bee, who runs a successful nightclub in Los Angeles. She entices Dolemite with the news that dancer Hurricane Annie is pining for him. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Mafioso and rival club owner Joe Cavaletti plans to eliminate the competition from Queen Bee, and sends three armed henchmen to her club at closing time. Master of ceremonies, Mr. Motion, and star attraction, Java, try in vain to fend them off. The men beat Queen Bee and kidnap Java and a waitress named T.C. Cavaletti forces Queen Bee and her girls to work at his nightclub, the Twenty Grand, by threatening to kill Java and T.C. The two abductees are taken to Cavaletti’s torture house in Pasadena, where they are tied up while an insane old woman torments them with a live snake. Two of Cavaletti’s men stand guard while measuring heroin into plastic bags. Dolemite and his comrades arrive in Los Angeles to discover that Queen Bee’s home and nightclub are both empty. After searching several nightspots, the group locates Hurricane Annie, who suspects that Queen Bee and her girls are Cavaletti’s prisoners. They find Queen Bee waiting tables at the Twenty Grand, but she can divulge very little as she is being watched. Dolemite goes home with Hurricane Annie, who teases him about his recent weight gain. They remove their clothes and do exercises on the bed, which leads to sex. The next day, Sheriff Bently appears at the office of Los Angeles Police Captain Ryan, demanding the arrest of Dolemite for the murder of Mrs. Bently. Ryan assigns his Detective Pete Blakeley, an African American, to the case. Meanwhile, a young man is pursued by a group of gunmen, who shoot him in the back. When Pete investigates the shooting, he is approached by four young men, including the victim’s brother, who suspect Cavaletti, and know about the torture house. Pete tells Ryan that he may have the evidence he needs to arrest Cavaletti, but Ryan wants to put another man on the job, which angers the detective. Later, Dolemite learns that Mrs. Cavaletti is a nymphomaniac, and poses as a dealer of erotic paintings as a means to seduce her. After their lovemaking causes the bedroom to collapse around them, Mrs. Cavaletti divulges the location of the torture house. Queen Bee and her girls are staffing Cavaletti birthday party that night and they, along with Mr. Motion, Dolemite’s friends, and karate champion Howard Jackson, plan an attack. When Cavaletti sends a car for the women, the men follow. In Pasadena, Dolemite fights his way into the torture house. In the basement, a sadistic henchman puts a live grenade between T.C.’s legs while she balances on a cylinder, while a rack of spikes is about to fall on Java. Dolemite appears, breaks the henchman’s neck, and frees the women. Meanwhile, Blakeley informs Ryan and Bently that a showdown between Dolemite and Cavaletti is imminent, and they converge on Cavaletti’s house. At the party, Mr. Motion and Bo pose as caterers and sneak their comrades into the house. Java arrives just in time to stop a hit man who is about to dispatch Queen Bee and Hurricane Annie, while a battle rages inside the house. The forces of Dolemite and Queen Bee soon triumph over those of Cavaletti, but Jimmy is killed by a bullet meant for Dolemite. Blakeley, Ryan and Bently arrive as Dolemite drives Cavaletti to the torture house. The three policemen follow, and find Cavaletti being eaten alive by rats, while Dolemite drives away. Bently gives chase, and when Dolemite stops to fire at the sheriff, his gun runs out of bullets. Bently shoots Dolemite four times in the back and says, “Your career is over, stud,” before leaving. Dolemite sits up, opens his jacket, and reveals a bulletproof vest. +

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