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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

Writers:

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

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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

Average Shot Length = ~4.4 Seconds. Median Shot Length = ~4.6 seconds. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase in the Los Angeles River, in one brief shot, just before the blue Ford flips for the last time, Jones is shown with the image reversed. Her Corvette is suddenly right-hand drive. This was presumably done to keep the perspective of the long shots of the Ford being on her left. See more »

Quotes

Mommy: Well, you finally decided to pay me a little visit, huh? Well, honey, what do you think of my little love nest?
Cleopatra Jones: Whatever turns you on, baby.
Mommy: Why you sweet Pickaninny. You know what turns me on.
Cleopatra Jones: Games. Like dealing in school yards.
Mommy: Alright, the game is over and I win!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ron Howard/The Clash (1982) See more »

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Theme from Cleopatra Jones
Written, Produced and Performed by Joe Simon
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A fun flick!
16 June 2001 | by ColemanDerrickSee all my reviews

Cleopatra Jones was an inspired effort, given the period it was made. As a black male, I really appreciate the film. The character is one of liberation, and contrary to what has been said about the film, her job is to get rid of drugs, and keep America safe, black or white!!! And yes, you can do good in the hood and look good as well! She is clearly not meant to be anti-establishment, and the story goes a long way in that regard. It is too bad that characters such as Cleopatra Jones, Foxy Brown, and Coffy do not get the credit they deserve. You wouldn't find too many strong heroines beside Wonder Woman, until Ellen Ripley comes along in Alien.


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