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Cleopatra Jones (1973)

“She’s 6 feet 2″ of Dynamite and the Hottest Super Agent Ever!”

After napalming opium fields in Turkey, six-foot-two-tall karate-trained government agent Cleopatra Jones (ex-model Tamara Dobson) returns to Los Angeles to confront Mommy (Shelley Winters), the lesbian queen of the drug underworld.

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Director Jack Starrett handles the action well, though clumsy martial arts and comic-book theatrics conspire against his vigorous direction.

Yet the meld of funky exuberance, urban angst (Jones’s boyfriend runs a halfway house for junkies) and camp performances (with leather-jacketed Winters giving new meaning to the phrase “over-acting”) make this blaxploitation landmark a heady, badass cocktail of ginormous Afros, pimptastic clothes and wakka-wakka tunes.

The movie did well enough to spawn a sequel, Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975), with Stella Stevens taking over the villainess role as the Dragon Lady, Bianca Javin.

Cleopatra Jones
Tamara Dobson
Reuben
Bernie Casey
Tiffany
Brenda Sykes
Doodlebug
Antonio Fargas
Officer Purdy
Bill McKinney
Detective Crawford
Dan Frazer
Sergeant Kert
Stafford Morgan
Andy
Michael Warren
Mommy
Shelley Winters

Director
Jack Starrett

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