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Cleopatra Jones (1973)

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

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Max Julien (screenplay), Sheldon Keller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Cleo teaches drug traffickers the meaning of saying no! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The cassette tape player in Jones' Corvette is an aftermarket Panasonic RS-241 with the rare black (instead of silver) face-plate. See more »

Goofs

Taglines mention Cleopatra Jones is 6' 2". About 15 minutes into the movie when she flashes her Special Agent ID at the airport for the local police, it clearly shows her height as 5' 10" . See more »

Quotes

Maxwell Woodman: Say, lady, what you got inside that car?
Cleopatra Jones: You mean under the hood?
Maxwell Woodman: No, I mean while you was gone, was a kind of a funny buzzin' inside of it.
Cleopatra Jones: Oh, that's the phone.
Maxwell Woodman: A phone in your car?
Cleopatra Jones: That's right.
Maxwell Woodman: Right on! First phone booth I ever seen with mag wheels.
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Connections

Edited into Afro Promo (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Doctor
Music and Lyrics by J.J. Johnson
Performed by Millie Jackson
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"Right on, sweet sister!"
15 July 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Fun blaxploitation flick about a karate-kicking special agent named Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson) taking on a vicious lesbian drug lord named Mommy (Shelley Winters). Statuesque Tamara Dobson is quite an imposing heroine. Not the strongest actress but she can kick ass and look good doing it. Shelley Winters hams it up with glee as the villain ("I'm tired of being a pussycat!"). She doesn't have a single scene where she dials it down a notch. She's at 20 on a 10 scale the whole time. She's a hoot to watch. Bernie Casey plays Dobson's love interest. Bill McKinney plays a racist cop. Others in the cast include Antonio Fargas, Esther Rolle, Brenda Sykes, and Michael Warren. Less gritty and realistic than most blaxploitation films with more of a focus on comedy and cheesiness. That isn't to say this is something you'd let your kids watch, as evidenced by Shelley Winters screaming profanities and racial slurs within the first ten minutes. But it is an enjoyable time-passer for blaxploitation fans.


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