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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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Nothing behind but prison bars. Nothing ahead but trouble. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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 »

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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

When the women are smoking weed on their first night in prison, a pink shirt appears and disappears on Pam Grier between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ruben: I don't like cops. And cops don't like me.
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Alternate Versions

The film was heavily cut for its original UK theatrical release (as "Hot, Hard and Mean"). Video releases used the original "Black Mama, White Mama" title and were cut by 53 secs with edits to the rape of Brent and the torture scene. These cuts were fully waived for the 2003 MGM DVD. See more »

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Follow Me
Written and Produced by Harry Betts
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Fun Women's Prison Exploitation With Pam Grier
30 November 2006 | by Witchfinder-General-666See all my reviews

Eddie Romero's "Black Mama, White Mama" aka "Chained Women" of 1972 is a stylish and funny 'Women in Prison' exploitation flick full of the usual ingredients like violence, catfights and shower- and lesbian scenes. The movie's highlight is, of course, the great Pam Grier.

Locked up in a brutal prison camp on a tropical island, blonde revolutionary Karen Brent(Margaret Markov) and former black prostitute Lee Daniels (Pam Grier) are constantly having beef with each other. Chained together by the sadistic lesbian prison wardens, the two escape from a con transport. Chased by henchmen of the drug-lord who used to have Lee locked up as a harem-girl, gangsters and the police, the two fugitives have different destinations. While Karen has to find her guerrilla friends, Lee must reach a boat with a case full of cash. On the run, the two have quite some fights, but since they are chained together, they have to get along.

"Black Mama, White Mama" is pretty violent and a typical exploitation flick, lots of shootouts, occasional torture, many catfights and naked breasts. The acting in this movie differs. Pam Grier is great as always, and so is sexy Margaret Markov as Karen. Sid Haig's performance as Ruben, a slightly insane gangster in a cowboy outfit, is another highlight in "Black Mama, White Mama" and makes the movie a lot funnier. The rest of the acting is nothing special, typical B-movie performances, some better some worse. A fan of Pam Grier and lover of blaxploitation classics like "Coffy" as well as films like "Jackie Brown", I found "Black Mama, White Mama" very entertaining. Not one of Pam Grier's best movies, but better than most 'Women's prison' flicks, this is a violent and fun film and definitely worth watching.


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