Cleopatra Jones (1973)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Tamara Dobson Cleopatra Jones
Bernie Casey Reuben
Esther Rolle Mrs. Johnson
Shelley Winters Mommy
Brenda Sykes Tiffany
Antonio Fargas Doodlebug Simkins
Dan Frazer Crawford
Bill McKinney Purdy
Stafford Morgan Sergeant Kert
Michael Warren Andy (as Mike Warren)
Albert Popwell Matthew Johnson
Caro Kenyatta Melvin Johnson
Keith Hamilton Maxwell Woodman
Jay Montgomery Jimmy Beekers
Arnold Dover Art
Angela Gibbs Annie
John Alderman Mommy's Assistant
Eugene Jackson Henry
Lee Weaver Friend
Kanes J. Crawford First Boy on Skates
George Reynolds Fireplug
Edward Crawford Second Boy on Skates
Don Cornelius Himself
Frankie Crocker Himself (as Frank Crocker)
Paul Koslo Gangmember
Joe Tornatore Zap (as Joseph A. Tornatore)
Hedley Mattingly Mattingly, Doodlebug's Butler/Chauffeur
Christopher Joy Snake
Teddy Wilson Pickle(Doodlebug's Hood) (as Theodore Wilson)
John Garwood Lieutenant Tompkins
Nick Dimitri Cop in Bust (uncredited)
Lisa Farringer Eve (uncredited)
Doug Johnson B&S House worker (uncredited)
Movie Details
Genre Action
Director Jack Starrett
Producer William Tennant
Writer Max Julien; Sheldon Keller
Studio Warner Bros.
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 89 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Special agent Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson), six feet two inches of sinewy fighting fury clad in layers of runway chic fashions in bright rainbow colors, strolls up a sand dune and orders the destruction of a Turkish poppy field. Thousands of miles away, an L.A. drug lord named Mommy (Shelley Winters hamming it up with garish wigs and lecherous leers) screeches as her life blood burns away and lures Cleopatra stateside to plot her demise. A product of the "blaxploitation" explosion of low-budget thrillers featuring black heroes in the 1970s, Cleopatra Jones may not be the best of the batch but revels in the most outrageous fashion sense. Cleo looks great in furs, pantsuits, ponchos, turbans--a new outfit every scene--and drives a sleek black Corvette with a personalized license plate: "CLEO." It's a shame that the producers dropped the exotic potential of a globetrotting super-agent for an L.A.-bound gangster film, which is entertaining in a comic-book way but rarely reaches the energetic levels of the gritty Pam Grier action pictures Coffy and Foxy Brown. Bernie Casey is a role model of dignity and action as a neighborhood activist, and a garishly overdressed Antonio Fargas delivers a suitably flamboyant performance as Mommy's pusher Doodlebug. The glamorous super-agent flew off to Hong Kong for the 1975 sequel, Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold. --Sean Axmaker
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 36
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 085391127529
Chapters 28
Release Date 1999
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color HiFi Sound Closed-captioned Widescreen
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