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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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


She'd do anything to help them with the heist... and then everything to keep the haul for her own little beautiful self! See more »


Crime | Drama


PG | See all certifications »



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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Pretty bad film, even by B movie standards
6 June 2016 | by kurtzu2@aol.comSee all my reviews

So one rainy day in the early 1990's I was sitting at home flipping through the local TV stations looking for something to watch when I momentarily caught a glimpse of someone who looked familiar. I stopped changing channels for a moment to see if I could figure out why this old guy looked familiar, when it hit me-- that's Henri Charriere, the author of Papillon! He was in a movie? This would have been in the Dark Ages, before the advent of Google or IMDb, so I did what anyone would do back in the day... I called the TV station to ask what the name of the movie was that they were showing at the moment. And it was this film.

Despite the presence of Claudia Cardinale, a well-known (and highly paid) actress (at least in Europe), it only took a few minutes of viewing to see that the film was, well, kinda shite. Poor production values (especially the sound editing, which may have been at least partly caused by overdubs, as the cast seems to have been from all over (Italy, France, Spain, UK). And Charriere is awful; his English is all but incomprehensible, and his acting is a flat as the surface of a CD. The story might have been interesting if the dialogue had been written better, and the director and crew more talented. As is, it's only real value is seeing Charriere on film, as he died shortly before the release of the Steve McQueen/Dustin Hoffman film Papillion, based on his memoir.

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