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B*A*P*S (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 28 March 1997 (USA)
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Two tacky homegirls move to L.A. to become dancers; instead they scam a dying millionaire but eventually become B*A*P*S (Black American Princesses).

Director:

Robert Townsend

Writer:

Troy Byer (as Troy Beyer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Halle Berry ... Nisi
Martin Landau ... Mr. Donald Blakemore
Ian Richardson ... Manley
Natalie Desselle Reid ... Mickey (as Natalie Desselle)
Troy Byer ... Tracy Shaw (as Troy Beyer)
Luigi Amodeo ... Antonio
Jonathan Fried ... Isaac
Pierre Edwards ... Ali (as Pierre)
Anthony Johnson ... James (as A.J. Johnson)
Bernie Mac ... Mr. Johnson
Darrel Heath ... Terrance
Vincent Cook Vincent Cook ... Z.Z.
Faizon Love ... Tiger J
Rudy Ray Moore ... Nate
Darrow Igus Darrow Igus ... Bartender
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Storyline

Nisi and Mickey are girlfriends who work as waitresses. To get the necessary money for opening their dream restaurant they fly to California to audition for a music video. There Nisi is asked by the nephew of Mr.Blakemore's (who is video director) to act for a week as granddaughter of Lily, Mr.Blakemores one true love, whom he lost long ago and couldn't pursue because she was his family's housekeeper. They revive Blakemore's interest for life, and he teaches them to be "Black American Princesses" in return. Written by Anonymous

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These Pretty Women... Are Clueless!

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

28 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

B.A.P.S. See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,742,679, 30 March 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,240,837, 30 May 1997
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Encore print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list. See more »

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In the bar scene at the beginning of the movie, the clock stands still at 9:25 for about five minutes. See more »

Quotes

Nisi: I've been thinking, okay? About how we're gonna get up out of here.
Mickey: What?
Nisi: Don't act like you don't know, Mickey! The guilt! The guilt of what we're doing! Now, that man down there? He's a nice man. And he ain't got nothing around him but people trying to use him like you and me!
Mickey: I know. Why do you think I got up and left?
Nisi: [Fiercely] We should have been done got up and left!
[Pushes Mickey aside and sits on the bed]
Mickey: [Sits next to Nisi] D, dont you think we should at least say goodbye?
Nisi: [Quietly] We ...
[...]
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References Good Times (1974) See more »

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Move On
Written by Sherree Ford Payne (as Sheree Ford-Payne), Howie Tee & Alex Mosely (as Alex Spanador Mosely)
Performed by Sherree Ford Payne (as Sheree Ford-Payne)
Courtesy of Almo Sounds, Inc.
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A delightful Cinderella story!
3 December 2001 | by flyinghiSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this story about 2 girls with not a lot of class. I'm a woman of color and could appreciate where the ladies were coming from. The characterizations represented the tackier side but I still enjoyed the performances and outcome. What the characters lacked in worldly knowledge, they demonstrated with their heart and compassion for the man portrayed by Martin Landau. I took it as a modern day rags-to-riches story and I'm glad Robert Townsend gave us B.A.P.S. Some may have been insulted but I viewed the story without shame or indignation. Life shouldn't be taken so seriously that you can't find the humorous side of your own people.


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