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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

The short yellow dresses worn by the leading actresses become dirty due to fights, explosions, climate; but they magically become clean again in immediately following scenes. See more »

Quotes

Lee Daniels: Some jive-ass revolution don't mean shit to 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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Featured in A Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »

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Written and Produced by Harry Betts
Performed by Harry Betts And His Orchestra
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Grier and Haig a winning combo
8 October 2003 | by El-StumpoSee all my reviews

Hellcats/The Hot Box duo Viola and Demme next paired the winning combination of Pam Grier and Sid Haig in yet another prison film, Women In Chains/Black Mama White Mama. Blonde revolutionary Margaret Markov and sworn enemy Grier, who thinks Markov's revolution is "jive-ass", bust out of prison chained together in a 70s gender reversal of The Defiant Ones. They continue to bitch and scratch each other as they head across the countryside (at one point dressed as nuns!) to meet up with Markov's bandit buddies. Sid Haig is the comedy relief in a cowboy hat as the lead bandit, and in one scene has two naked women riding him like a horse. Haig continued to work with Pam in Coffy and Foxy Brown, and was much later cast by Tarantino in a fitting touch as the sympathetic judge across from Grier in Jackie Brown.


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