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Black Mama White Mama (1973)

A black prostitute and a white revolutionary must form an uneasy alliance when they are busted out of prison and are pursued by guerrillas, bounty hunters and the army.


Eddie Romero


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




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)


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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Chicks in Chains - where they come from this is... Fun! See more »


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Both boats at the dock are flying Philippine flags. See more »


Midway through the film, Karen removes her panties and puts them on a dog to distract other dogs hunting them by scent. Yet the panties are miraculously visible several times during the balance of the picture--which makes Ernesto's returning the original pair all the more ludicrous. See more »


[first lines]
Warden Logan: Alight, line 'em up. Single file.
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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 »


Referenced in Baadasssss Cinema (2002) See more »


Day In The Oven
Written and Produced by Harry Betts
Performed by Harry Betts And His Orchestra
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great sexploitation film of the 70s
24 March 2004 | by bosscainSee all my reviews

If you like early 70's sexploitation films,woman in prison,cat fight,or are a fan of Pam Grier then this movie is worth a watch

good action,plenty of nude women,and cat fights,

although this movie is very bad acted and cheesey,

Its not boring and not sooooo dumb that you cant watch it. The action is smooth and not hard to follow with a major gun fight climax. overall 7 out of 10 ..

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Release Date:

19 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Women in Chains See more »

Filming Locations:

Baras, Rizal, Philippines See more »


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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