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The 21 Carat Snatch (1971)

Popsy Pop (original title)
PG | | Crime, Drama | March 1974 (USA)
Popsy double-crosses her older partner Silva. Silva has arranged to divert diamonds from a large corporate-run diamond mine in the South American jungle, and Popsy does her "pop" wrong as they are both pursued by police.


Jean Herman


Henri Charrière (original story), Henri Charrière (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Cardinale ... Popsy Pop
Stanley Baker ... Inspector Silva
Henri Charrière ... Marcou
Georges Aminel Georges Aminel ... Papa Legba
Joachim Hansen ... Freddy
Marc Mazza Marc Mazza ... Tormenta
Roberto Garcia Roberto Garcia
Marco Chacin Marco Chacin
Mayra Chardiet Mayra Chardiet ... Blond Woman Off Boat
Mireilla Delgado Mireilla Delgado
Alfredo Joss Alfredo Joss
Mario Brito 'Lotario' Mario Brito 'Lotario' ... Guard with Rifle (as Lotario)
Boris Chacon Boris Chacon
Carlos Guerrero Carlos Guerrero
Cesar Ascanio Cesar Ascanio ... El Chino


Popsy double-crosses her older partner Silva. Silva has arranged to divert diamonds from a large corporate-run diamond mine in the South American jungle, and Popsy does her "pop" wrong as they are both pursued by police.

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The boldest female caper of the year! See more »


Crime | Drama


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France | Italy | Venezuela



Release Date:

March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Butterfly Affair See more »

Filming Locations:

Caracas, Venezuela See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?


Popsy Pop: My name's Popsy Pop.
Inspector Silva: Popsy Pop? Welcome to Vista Alegre. I'm Inspector Silva. The city's yours.
Popsy Pop: Is the city yours to give?
Inspector Silva: Yes. Some people may tell you I'm just a policeman. But really I'm the Prince of this place.
Popsy Pop: The Prince? Who's the King?
Inspector Silva: Here? The diamond.
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Alternate Versions

The EastWest DVD budget double feature version of Popsy Pop (paired with The Cop in Blue Jeans (1976)) uses the Paragon Video Productions print of the film (title is The Butterfly Affair). The DVD case lists the running time of The Butterfly Affair as 100 minutes but the actual running time is Paragon's 76 minutes. See more »

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POPSY POP (Jean Herman, 1971) **1/2
8 March 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Mildly enjoyable international caper, very typical of its period and mainly notable – if at all – for its eccentric setting (a South American diamond mining-town), casting (Henri Charriere of "Papillon" fame as the gang boss, Stanley Baker's graduating from criminal in ROBBERY [1967] to inspector and Claudia Cardinale as a beautiful but duplicitous chanteuse nicknamed "Popsy Pop") and plot situations (the film is as much about the diamond theft and subsequent chase as the settling of a score – of the romantic type – involving the three principals); equally to the fore, especially during the narrative's first half, is the vivid local color.

Another Jean Herman film which often plays on late-night Italian TV but I've yet to catch is the gangster thriller FAREWELL, FRIEND (1968) which basically hinges on the potentially dynamic star combo of Alain Delon and Charles Bronson.

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