AP Film Writer

TORONTO (AP) - It took Eddie Murphy more than a decade to get a movie made about Rudy Ray Moore. Judging by the film's response at the Toronto International Film Festival, the wait was worth it.

"Dolemite Is My Name" has drawn some of the best reviews of Murphy's career, following its premiere over the weekend in Toronto. That's a big turnaround for Murphy whose last leading roles, in 2016's "Mr. Church" and 2012's "A Thousand Words," fizzled.

In the film, Murphy depicts Moore crafting his stage character Dolemite and making the 1975 Blaxploitation classic of the same name. Netflix will release the film in theaters Oct. 4 and begin streaming it Oct. 25.

Murphy says he "never let go" of the film's idea since meeting the late Moore years ago.

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