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This was originally a Spanish film called Run for Your Life (1971). Producer Samuel M. Sherman of Independent-International Pictures bought it for US distribution, but eventually decided that American audiences wouldn't come to see it. He re-edited it, added some new footage with black actors and turned it into a "blaxploitation" actioner, re-naming it "Mean Mother". See more »
A different type of exploitation classic from the 1970's
"Mean Mother" is very different from those other exploitation films of the 70's. This one takes place in Europe.
It's about two Vietnam war buddies who go AWOL and go to Europe; the African-American goes to Spain, the Caucasian goes to Rome, Italy. They both get involved in the crime world and somehow meet again in Rome, Italy. They both meet lovely ladies and all four plan their escape to Canada.
Some of the situations are believable and the action scenes are fair. The dialogue has its moments (bad and good). The film even has a love story. Some of the indoor scenes are shot in vivid colors by Deluxe (not that washed out natural color of today's films). It seems that the film was shot on location (you do see the Coliseum in one scene).
Some scenes are funny: bikini-clad woman with blonde wig having car trouble on a remote hillside road who speaks like Marilyn Monroe; love-making on a grassy-leafy patio by a pool.
Normally this type of film deals with somebody plotting revenge for some type of drug-deal gone wrong, but not this film. It's of the same genre, but different. Give it a try, you may like it. And that 70's touch helps a lot.
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