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Black Mama White Mama (1973)

When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along, they are chained together and extradited for safekeeping. The women, ... See full summary »

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Eddie Romero

Writers:

H.R. Christian (screenplay), Joe Viola (story) (as Joseph Viola) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pam Grier ... Lee Daniels
Margaret Markov ... Karen Brent
Sid Haig ... Ruben
Lynn Borden ... Matron Densmore
Zaldy Zshornack ... Ernesto (as Zaldy Zschornack)
Laurie Burton Laurie Burton ... Warden Logan
Eddie Garcia ... Capt. Cruz
Alona Alegre Alona Alegre ... Juana
Dindo Fernando Dindo Fernando ... Rocco (as Dondo Fernanco)
Vic Diaz ... Vic Cheng
Wendy Green ... Ronda
Lotis Key Lotis Key ... Jeanette (as Lotis M. Key)
Alfonso Carvajal Alfonso Carvajal ... Galindo
Bruno Punzalan Bruno Punzalan ... Truck Driver (as Bruno Punzalah)
Subas Herrero ... Luis (as Ricardo Herrero)
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Storyline

When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along, they are chained together and extradited for safekeeping. The women, still chained together, stumble, stab, and cat-fight their way across the wilderness, igniting a bloody shootout between gangsters and a group of revolutionaries. Written by Jonathan Ruskin <JonRuskin@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Chicks in Chains... on the lam from a prison hell - manacled together by hate and the strange ideas a woman gets after 1000 nights without a man. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Philippines | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Women in Chains See more »

Filming Locations:

Baras, Rizal, Philippines See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Several VW Country Buggies are seen in the film - these were manufactured by Volkswagen of Australia between 1968-72. Fewer than 2,000 were manufactured - these vehicles were imported into the Philippines and have been sought-after by classic vehicle collectors. See more »

Goofs

In the last shot before the end credits start to roll, one of the dead men lying on the ground opens his hand. See more »

Quotes

Ruben: I don't like cops. And cops don't like me.
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Connections

Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Black Mama White Mama (Main Title) - Bus Ride
Written and Produced by Harry Betts
Performed by Harry Betts And His Orchestra
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This movie has it ALL!
11 April 2000 | by franz-23See all my reviews

"Black Mama, White Mama" has something for everyone. Everyone, that is, who walks directly to the "Action/Adventure" section upon entering their local video store. First, it starts out in a woman's prison in some random South/Central American country. Second, the suggestions of lesbianism that this setting offers are set into hyper-warp by the chaining together of the two rivals for the lead, Pam Grier and Margaret Markov, while they wear nothing but skimpy prison tunics. They go on the run together while the film makes various unnecessary-yet-entertaining visits to all of those on their trail: Grier's former pimp, government agents after Markov, and, last but not least, Sid Haig's delightfully flamboyant "cowboy" character. This is a video that's not necessarily fun for ALL, but rather, a video that's fun for all who keep video stores in business.


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