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A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)

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An ex-cop, now a private detective, takes on the search for the millions stolen by a drug lord.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keenen Ivory Wayans ... Shame
Charles S. Dutton ... Rothmiller
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Peaches (as Jada Pinkett)
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Angela (as Salli Richardson)
Andrew Divoff ... Mendoza
Corwin Hawkins Corwin Hawkins ... Wayman
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Luis (as Gary Cervantes)
Gregory Sierra ... Captain Nunez
Kim Wayans ... Diane
Andrew Shaifer Andrew Shaifer ... Bernard
Chris Spencer ... Benny (as Christopher Spencer)
Devin DeVasquez ... Mendoza's Girl (as Devin Devasquez)
John Capodice ... Mob Boss
Craig Ng ... Chun Yung Fat (as Craig Ryan Ng)
Don Diamont ... Chad
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Storyline

A black detective becomes embroiled in a web of danger while searching for a fortune in missing drug money.During the course of his investigation, he encounters various old connections, ultimately confronting the criminal responsible for Shame's expulsion from the force. He must also deal with two women, Angela, a beautiful old flame, and Peaches, his energetic but annoying sidekick. Written by Anonymous

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He's armed and dangerously funny.

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Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, strong language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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The history of the love triangle between Shame, Angela and Mendoza is never explained in a linear fashion. But it is known that Angela was with Mendoza first. It is likely that while he was a cop, Shame was assigned to somehow get close to Mendoza and did so through Angela; falling in love with her in the process. See more »

Goofs

When he calls Agent Rothmiller to let him know that he has located Angela, Shame doesn't identify himself to the telephonist. But when Rothmiller gets on the telephone, he knows that it is Shame. See more »

Quotes

Peaches Jordan: This is Fremi.
Shame: "Frem-may".
Peaches Jordan: This is "Frem-me", with an I, not an e.
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Connections

References General Hospital (1972) See more »

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Turn It Up
Written by James Harris III (p/k/a Jimmy Jam), Terry Lewis, Raja-Nee,
The Isley Brothers, Chris Jasper
Performed by Raja-Nee
Courtesy of Perspective Records
contains sample of "Make Me Say It Again, Girl"
Written by The Isley Brothers and Chris Jasper
Performed by The Isley Brothers
Courtesy of Epic Records
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If you take this seriously then you're totally missing the point!
24 February 2006 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

A Low Down Dirty Shame is really no more than all the most familiar Cop movie clichés arranged in an order that makes a barely cohesive story. But it's all the fun and silly action that occurs in between that really matters! It's a bit like The Last Boy Scout from a spoof-blaxploitation angle.

Shame (Keenan Ivory Wayans) is a former cop who has been blackballed after a major drugs bust went awry, leaving several DEA agents dead. He now works as a private detective, taking on suicide missions for peanuts and barely scraping by. His disapproving secretary Peaches (a very funny and very, very small Jada Pinkett) wants him to get his act together but he's too busy wallowing in self-pity.

His old pal from the DEA shows up and offers him a side mission to help get back at the Drug Kingpin who ruined his career. And so, with only a few clues, Shame begins his search and soon all roads lead to lies and deception. Like I said, the plot is certainly nothing special. But it does contain a helluva lot of laughs and decent action.

The one thing I can complain of is that the production design is kind of dated now. Action films have evolved so much in the past decade that watching ALDDS 12 years on can be a bit distracting. Wayans (who also directs as well as writing and starring) too often shoots non-actions scenes like a sitcom and his light-hearted editing may help remind you that this totally AIN'T a serious film but it's a little TV-ish if you know what I mean.

If you find ALDDS for cheap somewhere or if it's showing on TV then don't con yourself out of a fun movie. High art is not what this film aims to be.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Low Down Dirty Shame See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,970,574, 27 November 1994

Gross USA:

$29,392,418

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,392,418
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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