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13 July 1973 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tamara Dobson ... Cleopatra Jones

Bernie Casey ... Reuben
Brenda Sykes ... Tiffany

Antonio Fargas ... Doodlebug Simkins

Dan Frazer ... Crawford

Bill McKinney ... Purdy

Stafford Morgan ... Sgt. Kert

Michael Warren ... Andy (as Mike Warren)

Albert Popwell ... Matthew Johnson
Caro Kenyatta ... Melvin Johnson

Esther Rolle ... Mrs. Johnson
Keith Hamilton ... Maxwell Woodman
Jay Montgomery ... Jimmy Beeker
Arnold Dover ... Art

Angela Elayne Gibbs ... Annie (as Angela Gibbs)

John Alderman ... Bruce
Eugene Jackson ... Henry

Lee Weaver ... Friend
George Reynolds ... Fireplug
Kanes J. Crawford ... 1st Boy on Skates
Edward Crawford ... 2nd Boy on Skates

Don Cornelius ... Himself
Frankie Crocker ... Himself

Shelley Winters ... Mommy

Paul Koslo ... Gang Member
Joe Tornatore ... Zap (as Joseph A. Tornatore)
Hedley Mattingly ... Mattingly
Christopher Joy ... Snake
Teddy Wilson ... Pickle (as Theodore Wilson)

John Garwood ... Lt. Tompkins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James S. Appleby ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)

Jeannie Bell ... Terry (uncredited)
William Bonner ... Cop in Bust (uncredited)
Pattie Brooks ... Singer (uncredited)
Maggie Calhoun ... Girl (uncredited)

Albert Carrier ... French Officer (uncredited)

Stanley Bennett Clay ... Boy (uncredited)

Rudy Diaz ... Spanish Officer (uncredited)
Beach Dickerson ... Homosexual (uncredited)
Denise Dillaway ... Girl (uncredited)

Nick Dimitri ... Cop in Bust (uncredited)

Lisa Farringer ... Eve (uncredited)
Earl Finn ... Mike (uncredited)
Jerry Fitzpatrick ... Arresting Officer (uncredited)
Bob Golden ... Cop in Bust (uncredited)
Linda Guber ... Cashier (uncredited)
Francesca Hilton ... Shoplifter (uncredited)
Patrice Holloway ... Singer (uncredited)
Doug Johnson ... B&S house worker (uncredited)
Urrea C. Jones ... Reds (uncredited)
Eddie Kendrix ... Piano Player (uncredited)
Walter Kightly ... Felon (uncredited)

David Lewis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Deborah Lindsay ... Singer (uncredited)
Dave Morick ... Desk Officer (uncredited)
Leo G. Morrell ... Greek Officer (uncredited)

Sirri Murad ... Turkish Officer (uncredited)

John Orchard ... British Agent (uncredited)
Thomas Ormenyi ... Marine (uncredited)
Stack Pierce ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tom Pittman ... Stevens (uncredited)
Benito Prezia ... Italian Officer (uncredited)
N. Royce Richardson ... Policeman (uncredited)

Lou Robb ... Cop in Bust (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Commuter at Airport (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Commuter at Airport (uncredited)
Harv Selsby ... Cop in Bust (uncredited)
Clay Tanner ... Cop in Bust (uncredited)

Arch Whiting ... Drunk (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Starrett 
Writing credits
Max Julien (screenplay) and
Sheldon Keller (screenplay)

Max Julien (story)

Produced by
Max Julien .... co-producer
William Tennant .... producer (as Bill Tennant)
Original Music by
J.J. Johnson 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography) (as David Walsh)
Film Editing by
Allan Jacobs 
Casting by
Nessa Hyams (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Peter Wooley 
Set Decoration by
Cheryal Kearney 
Makeup Department
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup artist (as Leo Lotito)
Ann Wadlington .... hairdresser
Production Management
Sam Manners .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald Martinez .... second assistant director (as Ron Martinez)
Jack Roe .... assistant director
Art Department
Terry Ballard .... property master (uncredited)
John Barton .... leadman (uncredited)
Nick Caparelli .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Blackie Dottini .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Norman Limacher .... swing gang (uncredited)
Ernest Phillips .... production painter (uncredited)
Lawrence R. Whittington .... swing gang (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bud Alper .... sound (as Howard Bud Alper)
Gene Ashbrook .... mikeman (uncredited)
Vincent Garcia .... cable person (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Elvin Crawford .... special effects (uncredited)
Ernest Robinson .... stunt coordinator
Charles Bail .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Courts .... stunts (uncredited)
Howard Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddy Donno .... stunts (uncredited)
Darrell Giddens .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Len Glascow .... stunts (uncredited)
Duffy Hambleton .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Melvin Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
Wayne King Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Kingi .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Denver Mattson .... stunts (uncredited)
S.J. McGee .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Minor .... stunts (uncredited)
John T. Mitchell .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Nuckles .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Victor Paul .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronald C. Ross .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
William Upton .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Washington .... stunts (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer
Tom May .... key grip
Frank P. Flynn .... best boy (uncredited)
William W. Gillohm .... still photographer (uncredited)
Cecil Lupton .... best boy (uncredited)
Walter McCovey .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Nakamura .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Eugene Simpson .... electrician (uncredited)
Frank Toth .... electrician (uncredited)
Ronald Vidor .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Don Whipple .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Terry Wooley .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jim Martell .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giorgio di Sant'Angelo .... costumes: Tamara Dobson
Thomas Welsh .... wardrobe: men (as Tommy Welsh)
Gertha Brock .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Joel Cox .... assistant editor
Music Department
Carl Brandt .... composer: additional music
J.J. Johnson .... conductor
Brad Shapiro .... composer: additional music
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Earl Pierson .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Claudia Franck .... dialogue supervisor
Bong Soo Han .... karate teacher: hapkido karate (as Master Bong Soo Han)
Don Record .... title designer
Lea Andrews .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Angelina Bauer .... voice (uncredited)
Alex Brown .... voice (uncredited)
Bob Dempsey .... voice (uncredited)
Amentha Dymally .... voice (uncredited)
Gary Etting .... voice (uncredited)
Barnetta Fowler .... voice (uncredited)
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
George Holmes .... voice (uncredited)
Shep Houghton .... voice (uncredited)
Harold Jones .... voice (uncredited)
Ronnie Kramer .... production secretary (uncredited)
Bob Lucas .... publicist (uncredited)
James Moffett .... first aid (uncredited)
Frances E. Nealy .... voice (uncredited)
Eddie Smith .... voice (uncredited)
Clifford Strong .... voice (uncredited)
Vincent Tubbs .... publicist (uncredited)
Kim Whitaker .... voice (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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89 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:14 (1974) | Norway:16 (1973) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG

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Continuity: 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 »
Melvin Johnson:Shucks, we're going to be here all night, we might as well get something to eat, cause I'm hungry.
Matthew Johnson:There's a restaurant right over there.
Melvin Johnson:Ah, big brother, I'm financially embarrassed and I got a little case of the shorts, man.
Matthew Johnson:You also have my deepest sympathies, too.
Melvin Johnson:Oh, come on man, you can loan me five dollars, man. I'll give it back to you.
Matthew Johnson:Five bucks? Man, if I had five bucks, I'd be sitting over there in that dirty old movie, watching them dirty old naked women run across that dirty old screen!
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
My Crash Course in Race Relations, 27 March 2009
Author: wainscoat-1 from United States

I saw this film the weekend it came out in 1973 in downtown Baltimore, Tamara Dobson's hometown. Although that was 36 years ago, I remember it very well.

1973 was about 5 years past the golden age of the beautiful but unbeatable-in-a-fight female heroine. A total fantasy, but as a middle-aged woman now, I still sometimes ask myself "What would Emma Peele do?" I found the early '70's heroines to be complete wimps compared to the late 60's heroines.

So when the ad campaign hit in 1973 for "Tamara Dobson IS Cleopatra Jones," with the poster of the tall gun-toting Ms. Dobson, I begged and begged to go.

I went downtown with an older woman friend of the family, and the two of us were literally the only white people in the entire packed theater of black people.

In the film. the villains are all white and the good guys are all black. Also, there are many many scenes in which white people are killed by black people. During these scenes, the theater cheered wildly. This is probably not something you would notice watching the film on T.V., but believe me, if you are one of two white people in the theater, it makes a big impression.

There was also a well-written and clever scene in the film in which one of Cleopatra's male assistants is lying in wait for the white villains. When they arrive, he pulls a gun on them and says "Guess what just jumped out of the woodpile?" The older woman who took me to the movie was southern. She thought this joke was hysterical and kept trying to explain it to me several times, with her extremely clear explanations catching the attention of everyone sitting around us. For those of you not blessed by an older southern friend, the phrase "Guess what just jumped out of the woodpile?" refers to the expression "N-word in the woodpile," a southern term for an unpleasant surprise.

So what did I learn in my trip to the movies?

1) The term "blaxploitation" is totally false. This "blaxploitation" movie seemed to be about blacks who were superior in every way to whites, both morally and physically.

2) It is really scary and uncomfortable being in the minority.

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