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Cleopatra Jones (1973)




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Tamara Dobson stars as Cleopatra Jones in Jack Starrett's blaxploitation programmer that, in its own way, deals effectively with the ravages of drugs in inner-city black communities. Cleopatra Jones is a jive female James Bond, a special drug agent for the United States government who wears sleek and hip clothes, drives a fancy car with a submachine-gun compartment in the front door, and travels all over the world to stomp out drugs at their source. Cleopatra has a loving relationship with Ruben (Bernie Casey), the well-meaning head of a drug rehabilitation clinic in Los Angeles. When Cleopatra travels to Turkey to oversee the destruction of poppy fields owned by Mommy (Shelley Winters) -- a lesbian drug dealer -- Mommy becomes upset. She exacts her revenge on Cleopatra by having the police close down Ruben's drug clinic. Nevertheless, Cleopatra continues to wreak havoc upon Mommy's drug business, and Mommy continues to try to do Cleopatra in, until finally there is a major confrontation between Cleopatra and Mommy and her minions.

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Tamara Dobson
as Cleopatra Jones
Brenda Sykes
as Tiffany
Antonio Fargas
as Doodlebug
Bill McKinney
as Off. Purdy
Dan Frazer
as Det. Crawford
Stafford Morgan
as Sgt. Kert
Esther Rolle
as Mrs. Johnson
Paul Koslo
as Mommy's Hood
Joe Tornatore
as Mommy's Hood
Teddy Wilson
as Doodlebug's Hood
Keith Hamilton Cobb
as Maxwell Woodman
John Garwood
as Lt. Thompkins
John Alderman
as Mommy's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Cleopatra Jones

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

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.

May 20, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

August 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Revelatory not only as a black film but also as a feminist feature.

April 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Plenty of low brow humor.

July 11, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Six-foot-two-inch onetime fashion model Tamara Dobson isn't quite in the same category as Pam Grier, but on the strength of this she has to rank right up there.

May 5, 2010 | Full Review…

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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