Black Mama, White Mama 1972

Black Mama, White Mama

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Lee Daniels (Pam Grier) is a black girl busted for prostitution. Karen Brent (Margaret Markov) is a white girl arrested for her involvement with a local revolutionary group. The two women meet in jail and, despite their mutual animosity, are chained together for transport to a maximum security prison. Their bus is ambushed en route, however, and the pair manages to escape together. Chased by bounty hunters, crooked police and revolutionaries, they struggle to get along and get away.

Cast & Crew

Pam Grier
Lee Daniels
Lynn Borden
Matron Densmore
Laurie Burton
Warden Logan
Eddie Garcia
Captain Cruz
Vic Diaz
Vic Cheng
Jonathan Demme
Writer (Story)
Joe Viola
Writer (Story)
David J. Cohen
Executive Producer
Harry Betts
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Justo Paulino
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Robert Formoso
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Critic Reviews for Black Mama, White Mama

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  • Hardly a feminist manifesto, and not exactly revolutionary as far as Grier's problematic characterizations in Blaxploitation cinema, Black Mama, White Mama contains intriguing gender dynamics and subversively coded power plays.

    October 8, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
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    June 19, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Black Mama, White Mama

  • Mar 06, 2017
    "How exploitative," one might well ask before seriously considering this cultural bon mot (and one would be right to do so), this walk on the wild side? The opening credits are still afterburning your eyes and the ladies get naked forthwith. Egad, what culture! Fun from the 70's, nearly as good as The Godfather!
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2016
    There's some fun to be had, but for the rest of the running time it just plods along.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2015
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Another boring women behind bars movie, so boring and predictable, I didn't watch the whole thing.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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