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Black Mama, White Mama (1972)

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Two female prisoners attempt to escape a women's reformatory in this violent exploitation film. Though chained together, the two manage to make their way through the Filipino jungle to a camp filled with drug smugglers. There more action ensues, as the crooks engage in a battle with a crooked cop.more
Rating: R
Genre: Classics, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Demme, H.R. Christian, Albert T. Viola
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 26, 2001
Runtime:
American International Pictures

Cast

Sid Haig
as Ruben
Lynn Borden
as Densmore
Eddie Romero
as Capt. Cruz
Lotis Key
as Jeanette
Bruno Punzalan
as Truck Driver
Jess Ramos
as Alfredo
Eddie Garcia
as Capt. Cruz
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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.

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

Another boring women behind bars movie, so boring and predictable, I didn't watch the whole thing.

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Aj V

Super Reviewer

There's some fun to be had, but for the rest of the running time it just plods along.

Lemure
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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