Black Mama, White Mama Reviews
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.
"Black Mama, White Mama" is a 1973 women in prison film with elements of blaxploitation and actually not that bad in that genre. Despite the fact that we get to see the usual lesbian guards, nudity, violence, exploitation of women etc this movie still has a production value (even if it´s a B-movie). Pam Grier and Margaret Markov are both will powered, independent, strong and beautiful women in their roles. What actually makes "Black Mama, White Mama" really work is that we have the side stories (beside the usual women in prison story), on one hand the revolutionaries that tries to find their member Karen and on the other hand Vic Cheng´s bandits that tries to find Lee and the $40,000. Meaning the storyline is quite vivid, dynamic and has many colourful characters based in good and truly evil.
Two women locked up in a third world prison get to know each other. Karen Brent is a white woman who works for a revolutionary colony that hopes to free the country and get rid of prisons like the one she finds herself in. Lee Daniels is a former drug smuggler from the city. She wants to escape and get a boat back to her homeland. The two girls work together to see if they can accomplish their goals.
"He doesn't have the balls to pressure us!"
Eddie Romero, director of Beyond Atlantis, A Case of Honor, Desire, Blood Devils, The Ravagers, Lost Battalion, and The Passionate Strangers, delivers Black Mama White Mama. The storyline for this picture is entertaining and fun to watch unfold. This reminded me a little of The Big Bird Cage. The acting was above average and the action scenes were as you'd expect from this era. The cast includes Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, and Lynn Borden.
"She tells me she's a good friend of yours too!"
I grabbed this off Netflix as a nice grindhouse picture I had never seen and needed to lay my eyes upon. The characters were okay and the dialogue was better than I expected. The overall film is a nice addition to the grindhouse genre but far from a classic. I do recommend giving this picture a viewing if you're a fan of the genre, but I would hesitate to add this to my DVD collection.
"I'm not as stupid as I look. I know who you are."
Clearly, everyone should see it right away.