Cleopatra Jones (1973)
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as Cleopatra Jones
as Off. Purdy
as Det. Crawford
as Sgt. Kert
as Mrs. Johnson
as Mommy's Hood
as Mommy's Hood
as Doodlebug's Hood
as Maxwell Woodman
as Lt. Thompkins
as Mommy's Assistant
Critic Reviews for Cleopatra Jones
Tamara Dobson makes a smart starring debut, after fashion model and teleblurb work, as the title character, a sophisticated undercover agent working to stamp out the world drug trade.
The movie is put together in a sort of disjointed way; there are too many characters, and some of them disappear for so long, we forget them. But that doesn't matter much.
Take your $3.00 and go buy some sticks and poster board and stand outside and picket. That's the only potentially feminist contribution of Cleopatra Jones.
Revelatory not only as a black film but also as a feminist feature.
Audience Reviews for Cleopatra Jones
With a leading actress who lacks any charisma and a harmless, forgettable plot whose too many characters make us only confused about the relationship between them or who is who, this is a passable blaxploitation movie to be seen when you have nothing better to do.
Typical blaxplotation flick of the '70's. Dobson is striking in the lead. Shelley Winters has her acting dial turned up to maximum consuming scenery at every turn.
This one's surprisingly solid as both campy fun and a decent actioner in general. Of course, I'm also meaning decent on the B-Movie scale, but still, some fine work. Tamara Dobson is fine in the lead, and she comes off as more Afrocentric than her contemporary Pam Grier, if you're into subtext sorts of things. The film addresses urban poverty, crime, drugs, THE MAN, and has some hilarious political incorrect giggle moments (well, especially for me given my age, race, and the fact that I've never watched this film without alcohol in my system. So yeah, it might be cheap, and a bit of a mess, but it's blaxploitation, so it's not boring, and quite a lot of fun. This is basically one of the required watches of that wonderful subgenre, so definitely give it a watch if this is your sort of thing.
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