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Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son-in-Law

Rudy Ray Moore  Actor Jimmy Lynch  Actor Wildman Steve  Actor

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MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Adult Situations,Not For Children,Adult Language,Adult Humor,Sexual Situations

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Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son-in-Law

UPC: 000799102923

Studio: Xenon

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Adult Situations, Not For Children, Adult Language, Adult Humor, Sexual Situations]

Summary: 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. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Category: Comedy

Features: [None specified]

Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son-in-Law

Format: DVD

Release Date: 10/19/1999

Audio: 2 PCM stereo

Runtime: 93 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Chapters: 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]

Donald Guarisco

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. ~ Donald Guarisco, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Cliff Roquemore  Director 
Cliff Roquemore  Screenwriter 
Theadore Toney  Producer 
Rudy Ray Moore  Actor 
Jimmy Lynch  Actor 
Wildman Steve  Actor 
Lady Reed  Actor 
Doc Watson  Actor 

Country: USA