Cleopatra Jones

Cleopatra Jones

Director: Jack Starrett Cast: Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey, Brenda Sykes


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/2019
UPC: 0883929689910
Original Release: 1973
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 16,928

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tamara Dobson Cleopatra Jones
Bernie Casey Reuben
Brenda Sykes Tiffany
Antonio Fargas Doodlebug
Bill McKinney Officer Purdy
Shelley Winters Mommy
Joe Tornatore Mommy's Hood
Theodore Wilson Doodlebug's Hood
Michael Warren Andy
Dan Frazer Detective Crawford
Stafford Morgan Sgt. Kert
Albert Popwell Matthew
Caro Kenyatta The Johnson Boy
Esther Rolle Mrs. Johnson
Paul Koslo Mommy's Hood
Hedley Mattingly Chauffeur
George Reynolds Doodlebug's Hood
Christopher Joy Snake
Angela Gibbs Annie
John Garwood Lt. Thompkins
John Alderman Mommy's Assistant
Keith Hamilton Maxwell Woodman
Don Cornelius Himself

Technical Credits
Jack Starrett Director
Carl Brandt Score Composer
Dominic Frontiere Score Composer
J.J. Johnson Score Composer
Allan Jacobs Editor
Max Julien Co-producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Cheryal Kearney Set Decoration/Design
Sheldon Keller Screenwriter
Jack Roe Asst. Director
Brad Shapiro Score Composer
William Tennant Producer
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
Peter W. Wooley Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cleopatra Jones
255. Chapters
1. The Lady Arrives (Credits; Theme from Cleopatra Jones) [3:05]
2. $30 Million Dollars In Flames [2:02]
3. Bust at B&S hOUSE [6:38]
4. Her Reception Committee [2:45]
5. Cleo's Hot [2:43]
6. "The Honeymoon Is Over" [1:23]
7. Her Jurisdiction [3:38]
8. A Heavy Trip [2:36]
9. Sniper's Target [2:46]
10. Message for Mommy [4:50]
11. Mrs. Johnson and Her Boys [3:45]
12. Questions for Andy [2:50]
13. Casting Her Spell [2:15]
14. Doodlebug Takes A Hike [2:31]
15. Hot Pursuit [5:34]
16. Doodlebug's Place (Rock Me, Lord) [3:34]
17. The Purdy Watch [1:42]
18. Deadly Traffic [3:53]
19. Street Security [1:22]
20. Snake's Terrible Trouble [5:14]
21. Pouncing On Purdy [4:11]
22. Stink Of a Rotten Cop [2:52]
23. Surprise at St. Cecilia's [3:44]
24. A Crush On Tony [3:34]
25. Vehicular Mayhem [2:54]
26. Mommy's Fall [1:56]
27. "Right On, Cleo!" [2:18]
28. End Credits [1:46]

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Cleopatra Jones 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Tamara Dobson is absolutely stunning in the movie she’s no Pam Greir but she does have some spunk in her. 'Cleopatra Jones' is one of my favourite 1970s exploitation movies. While technically blaxploitation it bears very little resemblance to the grittiness and relative realism of 'Shaft', 'Superfly' or 'Black Caesar'. It is closer to 'Black Belt Jones' meets James Bond, especially the spectacular opening sequence in Turkey. If you don't take it too seriously this is fantastic fun. Tamara Dobson is beautiful, sassy and kick ass as Special Government Agent Cleopatra Jones, enemy to drug pushers everywhere. Her lover's (Bernie Casey - 'Never Say Never Again') half-way house is under threat of closure after a dubious drug bust. Cleo suspects the involvement of a crooked cop (the always menacing Bill McKinney - 'Deliverance'), and local drug big wig Mommy (Shelley Winters as a larger than life lesbian leather queen!). Mommy and her henchmen (one of which is the legendary Paul Koslo - 'The Omega Man') try everything in their power to stop Cleopatra, but hell, look at her moves! her clothes! her Afro! Who do you think is gonna win here?! And then there is the romantic scene with her and Bernie Casey which is not explicit but intense. While the movie can be classified as "cheesy" by many, it does have action, adventure, and romance. The action is non-stop-Cleo is always kung fuing someone or driving the hell out of her Corvette to get away from the bad guys. Also, there a pretty neat scene where she rides a motorcycle up a steep hill to everyone's dismay (if you happen to catch CJ on DVD or VHS, use pause on this scene-it is clearly a Caucasian male, with brown makeup, who is actually riding the motorcycle). A stylish, silly and wonderfully entertaining trash classic. Directed by Jack Starrett ('Slaughter', 'Race With The Devil') and co-written and produced by actor Max Julien ('Psych-Out', 'The Mack'). 'Cleopatra Jones' is a must see for 70s buffs.