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Cleopatra Jones (1973)

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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Brenda Sykes ...
Tiffany
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Doodlebug Simkins
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Crawford
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Purdy
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Sgt. Kert
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Andy (as Mike Warren)
Albert Popwell ...
Matthew Johnson
Caro Kenyatta ...
Melvin 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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If you haven't seen Cleo, you haven't seen the chick who tops 'em all...She's 6'2" of Dynamite! See more »

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13 July 1973 (USA)  »

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Cleo's ride in the film is a customized black and silver 1973 Corvette Stingray. When she opens the door to get out, the T-bar panel in the roof above the driver's seat automatically opens as well so she can get out without squashing her afro. 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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Doodlebug: When Cleopatra gets through with you, you gonna wind up with nothin'!
Mommy: I'll take care of Cleopatra Jones.
Doodlebug: Well let me tell you something. You are no match for that black lady.
Mommy: Yeah?
Doodlebug: Yeah! I quit! That's right. Finished. Through. Fini. Arrivederci, Mama. Pickle. Plug. Let's split. Oh, by the way, if any of your army tries to mess with any of my army, you gonna wind up with a whole lot of army surplus on your hands. See you around, Super Honkie.
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Featured in 20 to 1: Crazy Customs (2008) See more »

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Love Doctor
Music and Lyrics by J.J. Johnson
Performed by Millie Jackson
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"Right on, sweet sister!"
15 July 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Fun blaxploitation flick about a karate-kicking special agent named Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson) taking on a vicious lesbian drug lord named Mommy (Shelley Winters). Statuesque Tamara Dobson is quite an imposing heroine. Not the strongest actress but she can kick ass and look good doing it. Shelley Winters hams it up with glee as the villain ("I'm tired of being a pussycat!"). She doesn't have a single scene where she dials it down a notch. She's at 20 on a 10 scale the whole time. She's a hoot to watch. Bernie Casey plays Dobson's love interest. Bill McKinney plays a racist cop. Others in the cast include Antonio Fargas, Esther Rolle, Brenda Sykes, and Michael Warren. Less gritty and realistic than most blaxploitation films with more of a focus on comedy and cheesiness. That isn't to say this is something you'd let your kids watch, as evidenced by Shelley Winters screaming profanities and racial slurs within the first ten minutes. But it is an enjoyable time-passer for blaxploitation fans.


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