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Cleopatra Jones (1973)

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During the 1970s, U.S. Special Agent Cleopatra Jones proves to be an invaluable asset to the local police forces in the war on drugs.

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Jack Starrett

Writers:

Max Julien (screenplay), Sheldon Keller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tamara Dobson ... Cleopatra Jones
Bernie Casey ... Reuben
Brenda Sykes ... Tiffany
Antonio Fargas ... Doodlebug Simkins
Dan Frazer ... Crawford
Bill McKinney ... Purdy
Stafford Morgan ... Sgt. Kert
Michael Warren ... Andy (as Mike Warren)
Albert Popwell ... Matthew Johnson
Caro Kenyatta Caro Kenyatta ... Melvin Johnson
Esther Rolle ... Mrs. Johnson
Keith Hamilton Keith Hamilton ... Maxwell Woodman
Jay Montgomery Jay Montgomery ... Jimmy Beeker
Arnold Dover Arnold Dover ... Art
Angela Elayne Gibbs ... Annie (as Angela Gibbs)
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Cleopatra Jones is a United States Special Agent assigned to crack down on drug-trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. After she burns a Turkish poppy field, the notorious drug-lord Mommy is furious at the loss of her supply and vows to destroy Cleopatra Jones. Mommy uses her connections with bad cops on the force to cause trouble for Cleopatra's friends and set her up for an attack. Meanwhile, Mommy is having trouble with some of her pushers, like the renegade Doodlebug. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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6 feet 2" and all of it Dynamite! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Trivia

When Jones is ambushed outside the B&S House, she initially uses a nickel-plated Smith & Wesson model 39 before switching to a MAC-11 (to which she affixes an obviously fake suppressor). See more »

Goofs

The close-up of her ID card shows an entry of "Age: 24" rather than her Date Of Birth (DOB). Unless a new ID was issued on her birthday every year (and there is no expiration date on this one), there's no reason for an ID to show data that would become incorrect over time. It should show her DOB, not her age. See more »

Quotes

Cleopatra Jones: Hello, Sport. Sorry, I have to break up your little gathering. I'd like to introduce myself. Cleopatra Jones.
Purdy: Well, Wonder Woman. Ha-ha-ha. You silly bitch.
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Referenced in The Cleveland Show: The Men in Me (2012) See more »

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Hurts So Good
Music and Lyrics by J.J. Johnson
Performed by Millie Jackson
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Bizarre blaxploitation! Not be missed!
11 January 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Cleopatra Jones' is one of my favourite 1970s exploitation movies. While technically blaxploitation it bears very little resemblance to the grittiness and relative realism of 'Shaft', 'Superfly' or 'Black Caesar'. It is closer to 'Black Belt Jones' meets James Bond, especially the spectacular opening sequence in Turkey. If you don't take it too seriously this is fantastic fun.

Tamara Dobson is beautiful, sassy and kick ass as Special Government Agent Cleopatra Jones, enemy to drug pushers everywhere. Her lover's (Bernie Casey - 'Never Say Never Again') half-way house is under threat of closure after a dubious drug bust. Cleo suspects the involvement of a crooked cop (the always menacing Bill McKinney - 'Deliverance'), and local drug big wig Mommy (Shelley Winters as a larger than life lesbian leather queen!). Mommy and her henchmen (one of which is the legendary Paul Koslo - 'The Omega Man') try everything in their power to stop Cleopatra, but hell, look at her moves! her clothes! her Afro! Who do you think is gonna win here?!

A stylish, silly and wonderfully entertaining trash classic. Directed by Jack Starrett ('Slaughter', 'Race With The Devil') and co-written and produced by actor Max Julien ('Psych-Out', 'The Mack'). 'Cleopatra Jones' is a must see for 70s buffs.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dynamite Jones See more »

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$2,977,024
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2.35 : 1
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