Black Mama, White Mama (1972)
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Two female prisoners, one black and one white attempt to escape a women's reformatory in this violent exploitation film that is a cheap knock- off of The Defiant Ones. The black woman is in for prostitution while her blonde counterpart was involved with a radical group. They escape after lesbian guards make passes at them. Though chained together, the two manage to make their way through the Filipino jungle to a camp filled with revolutionaries and drug smugglers. There more action ensues as the crooks engage in a climactic battle with a crooked cop. … More
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This film blew away my expectations. Part of the appeal is admittedly its 70s "vibe." I mean, who today would use the term "mama" in this hip, sexy context? And no, neither woman appears to be a mother either. This is a mix-up of women behind bars, blaxsploitation, and the racial element from The Defiant Ones. Yet, it's even more than, and highly entertaining as well. This movie features two great female leads, both determined to overcome long odds as well as each other. It's also got four competing groups: corrupt politicians, leftist revolutionaries, thuggish bandits, and some sort of Pilipino mafia. Believe it or not. A plausible case could even be made that this is a political film, but that's just a 70s element thrown in for drama.
Of course, there's a women's prison lesbian element and an element of women being abused by criminals and the system too. It is an exploitation flick at heart. As others have claimed, this isn't Pam Grier's best work, but watch it for pure fun anyway.
Another boring women behind bars movie, so boring and predictable, I didn't watch the whole thing.
How many elements of 70s exploitation can you fit in one film?
I'm sure this film comes close to the maximum as it includes: Women in prison, shout-outs, bare breasts, shower scenes, lesbian guards, violent revolutionaries, gansters running prostitution rings, incredibly red blood, blaxploitation (Pam Grier), a funky-ass soundtrack, distribution by American International, icon John Ashley's involvment, stabbing, strangling, attemted rape, shot abroad for tax cuts and cheap labor, and not last (but the last I'll mention) and definetly not least SID HAIG!
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