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Black Mama White Mama (1973)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  19 January 1973 (USA)
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When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along, they are chained together and extradited for safekeeping. The women, ... See full summary »

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Zaldy Zshornack ...
Ernesto (as Zaldy Zschornack)
Laurie Burton ...
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Rocco (as Dondo Fernanco)
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Lotis Key ...
Jeanette (as Lotis M. Key)
Alfonso Carvajal ...
Galindo
Bruno Punzalan ...
Truck Driver (as Bruno Punzalah)
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Luis (as Ricardo Herrero)
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When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along, they are chained together and extradited for safekeeping. The women, still chained together, stumble, stab, and cat-fight their way across the wilderness, igniting a bloody shootout between gangsters and a group of revolutionaries. Written by Jonathan Ruskin <JonRuskin@aol.com>

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nothing behind but prison bars. nothing ahead but trouble. See more »

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Chains of Hate  »

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Several VW Country Buggies are seen in the film - these were manufactured by Volkswagen of Australia between 1968-72. Fewer than 2,000 were manufactured - these vehicles were imported into the Philippines and have been sought-after by classic vehicle collectors. See more »

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In the last shot before the end credits start to roll, one of the dead men lying on the ground opens his hand. See more »

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Ruben: I don't like cops. And cops don't like me.
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Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

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Grier and Haig a winning combo
8 October 2003 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Hellcats/The Hot Box duo Viola and Demme next paired the winning combination of Pam Grier and Sid Haig in yet another prison film, Women In Chains/Black Mama White Mama. Blonde revolutionary Margaret Markov and sworn enemy Grier, who thinks Markov's revolution is "jive-ass", bust out of prison chained together in a 70s gender reversal of The Defiant Ones. They continue to bitch and scratch each other as they head across the countryside (at one point dressed as nuns!) to meet up with Markov's bandit buddies. Sid Haig is the comedy relief in a cowboy hat as the lead bandit, and in one scene has two naked women riding him like a horse. Haig continued to work with Pam in Coffy and Foxy Brown, and was much later cast by Tarantino in a fitting touch as the sympathetic judge across from Grier in Jackie Brown.


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