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Cleopatra Jones (1973)

PG  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  13 July 1973 (USA)
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During the 1970s, U.S. Special Agent Cleopatra Jones proves to be an invaluable asset to the local police forces in the war on drugs.

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Reuben
Brenda Sykes ...
Tiffany
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Doodlebug Simkins
Dan Frazer ...
Crawford
Bill McKinney ...
Purdy
Stafford Morgan ...
Sgt. Kert
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Andy (as Mike Warren)
Albert Popwell ...
Matthew Johnson
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Mrs. Johnson
Keith Hamilton ...
Maxwell Woodman
Jay Montgomery ...
Jimmy Beeker
Arnold Dover ...
Art
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Annie (as Angela Gibbs)
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Cleopatra Jones is a United States Special Agent assigned to crack down on drug-trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. After she burns a Turkish poppy field, the notorious drug-lord Mommy is furious at the loss of her supply and vows to destroy Cleopatra Jones. Mommy uses her connections with bad cops on the force to cause trouble for Cleopatra's friends and set her up for an attack. Meanwhile, Mommy is having trouble with some of her pushers, like the renegade Doodlebug. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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The role of Cleopatra Jones was originally written for Vonetta McGee. See more »

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During the chase scene, the red Mustang starts off having no hubcaps, but later in the shot, we see one fly off, and the remaining hubcaps in later scenes. See more »

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Mommy: WHAT! That bitch! That god damn black bitch! Ohhhhhh, how dare she mess around with my poppies! My god, everybody in Turkey must be flying and I'll kill her and I will kill her! 30-million dollars up in smoke! God damn her, that trouble-makin' coon!
Eve: Here's some brandy. It will calm your nerves.
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Funky & Fun Gem!
31 March 2003 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Cleopatra Jones" was one of the first "blaxploitation" movies that I ever saw back in the '70s. Tamara Dobson plays Cleopatra Jones, a government agent that must crack a drug ring run by Mommy, Shelley Winters. This movie has a nice pace, and looks like it had a fairly big budget for this genre. Tamara plays the role flawlessly and with style. Some of those fashions! I am surprised she could do some kung-fu fighting with those killer platform shoes on. The other thing that stands out in my mind about this movie is Cleo's sexy corvette, complete with a cassette deck! This was state of the art back in '73 for most cars came with the standard AM radio, or if you wanted to, you could upgrade to 8-track! Shelley Winters is funny and over-the-top with her role as Mommy, the Queen of drug trade. Her performance just adds to the campy appeal of this movie. The supporting cast do well too, and round out this made-for-drive-in classic! The DVD is very basic with no extras, however, it is presented in it's original "cinemascope" aspect ratio. The print looks good, and clear. I am glad that this movie is available on DVD, for it's an enjoyable taste of the '70s!


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