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Film / Disco Godfather

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"Put your weight on it, put your weight on it!"

Disco Godfather is a 1979 Blaxploitation film, starring Rudy Ray Moore as Tucker Williams, a former cop, dancing and martial arts "expert", turned crazily popular Disco DJ and club owner. When his nephew, a promising basketball talent named Bucky gets "whacked out" on PCP, Tucker decides to go after the PCP dealer himself and administer some street justice, Disco-style.

As usual, when dealing with Rudy Ray Moore, badly choreographed fights and Narm Charm ensues.


  • Arc Words: "Put your weight on it, put your weight on it!" Supposedly, Rudy Ray Moore actually trademarked this!
    • "Attack the whack!"
  • Artistic License Law: There's no way you could trademark something as generic as "put your weight on it".
  • The Atoner: The drug dealer Richard, after realizing what happened to Bucky, confesses to what he did and reveals Stinger is the mastermind behind the drug dealers.
  • Dance Battler: Tucker Williams and all his friends from the Disco.
  • Demonic Possession: For some reason, the movie portrays PCP addiction as if it is Demonic Possession complete with a doctor saying the PCP is beyond the understanding of medical modern science and a priest performing an exorcism on a PCP victim.
  • Downer Ending: Tucker not only fails to stop the bad guy, he gets "whacked out" himself. The only possible light spot is that Bucky seems to be doing better.
  • Drugs Are Bad: This is main Aesop of the film.
  • Genre Mashup: The film is multi-genre interface picture representing the genres of dance/music, comedy, martial arts/action, crime/gangster and cult and B-movies.
  • Hollywood Exorcism: A priest performs one on an PCP addict after the doctors are unable to help her.
  • Mood Whiplash: After one of the darkest and most surreal endings of any Disco movie (hell, any movie!) ever, the credits roll over a still image of Tucker DJ'ing in his jumpsuit, while upbeat Disco music plays.
  • Mushroom Samba: The PCP trips are treated more like a case of demonic possession. The "treatment" doesn't seem to consist of anything more than a priest reading a sermon!
  • Orgasmic Combat: Tucker has a fight with a bullwhip-wielding cowboy who gives us this wonderful piece of information:
    "I could've killed you back there, asshole, but this is how I get my nut off!"
  • Papa Wolf: Tucker launches a one-man crusade against Angel Dust after his nephew Bucky becomes an addict.
  • Recurring Riff: It's not obvious at first but an instrumental version of "Spaced Out" plays over the Mushroom Samba sequences.
  • Remember the New Guy?: During the final fight scene at Stinger's warehouse, a random guy in a blue tracksuit shows up to help Tucker battle the drug dealers. The character (played by Howard Jackson) is referred to a "Special Karate Fighter" in the credits, and it's never really explained where he came from. In real life, Howard Jackson was Rudy Ray Moore's martial arts instructor.
  • Science Is Useless: The doctors are completely unable to help the PCP patients. To be fair, the exorcist isn't much more help.
  • The Un-Reveal: After talking to his old police buddies about his situation, one of them says that only three things can get Tucker mad. One of them is messing with his family... and we never get to hear the others.
  • Urban Legends: The backstory of one of the PCP victims references the Roast Baby legend.
  • Whip of Dominance: One of the assassins sent after Tucker is a sadistic whip-toting cowboy who openly admits he has fetish for whipping people.