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on 3 July 2007
I don't understand anyone who says that this is one of the worst exploitation films they have ever seen. Just the title alone gives this cult status and all the ingredients are here for it being an extremely fun film to watch. Yeah I'll admit that women's Prison flicks are terrible. They are all about getting girls naked. BAD action sequences & Horrible acting always plague these movies. They're usually made for teenagers who watch late night SKINemax. Black Mama White Mama on the other hand is fun. It doesn't take it self seriously. It even has drama that is topped off with a dramatic ending.

Cult figure Pam Grier gets her first starring role in this WIP ("Women in Prison"). She plays a convicted hooker who escapes from prison, chained together to another prisoner (a white woman convicted of sedition). The film starts off as any typical 1970s exploitation movie, but it changes gears quickly, becoming a female variation of Kramer's The Defiant Ones (1958). It is a welcome twist to the old formula. Grier is allowed to play a more feminine, gentler role here, and she does a great job with her character. Margaret Markov is effective as Grier's unlikely partner in crime. Fans of Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil's Rejects (2005) will recognize cult character actor Sid Haig; he is a hoot as Ruben The Cowboy.

Plenty of violence, blood, and sex are combined with a silly subplot about a group of revolutionaries. I thought director Romero did a good job in sustaining the initial momentum, and I liked how the potentially sappy finale remained tough and cruel to the very last second. Morally dubious, but entertaining, and a great showcase for the incomparable Pam Grier. Co-written by Jonathan Demme. This would probably get an NC-17 if released today.

One thing for sure is that you won't ever see a film like this and probably never would. "Black Mama, White Mama" is certainly not a masterpiece but it is worth a look.
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on 5 April 2016
PLOT...
When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along, they are chained together and extradited for safekeeping. The women, still chained together, stumble, stab, and cat-fight their way across the wilderness, igniting a bloody shootout between gangsters and a group of revolutionaries.

If you love these classic 70's Blaxploitation movies or just love Pam Grier then this movie is a must especially now it has this great Blu-ray release, the story is really good and is typically packed with bloody violence, lesbianism, nudity, lots of gun fights, girls in chains, pretty much everything you expect from these movies which is what makes them awesome, cheesy and sleazy yes but very cool, Sid Haig pops up as usual like he does in most of these movies playing his usual crazy eccentric character, Pam Grier is great as usual and pares up well with Margaret Markov who is a really beautiful actress, this is classic grindhouse stuff and really worth checking out.

Blu-ray picture looks great
Features include Sid Haig interview (15min) Margaret Markov interview, commentary, an archive interview with director, trailer, gallery.
Cool reversible sleeve with original poster art
Region B only, 87-mins, 1973.
Language English, Subtitles English SDH
Rated 18 for strong violence.
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on 21 July 2013
Another Pam Grier prison girl sexplotation film made in the Philippines. Pam goes to prison and arrives with a bunch of other women in time to take a shower. While the girl's frolic, the warden (Laurie Burton) spies on them and pleasures herself. In spite of having a regular guard as a girlfriend, the warden wants Pam Grier. Pam rejects her advances, but Margaret Markov does not. This causes friction between the girls who later give us a cat fight with up skirts.

Through a series of circumstances the 2 girls manage to escape except they are chained to each other (film also released under the title "Chained Women"). Blondie wants to get guns to the revolutionaries while Pam has some cash stashed and wants off the island. Good old fashion 70's drive-in standard.

Ample above the waist nudity, no silicon, near rape.
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on 5 April 2016
Typical piece of 70's black/sexploitation.
Nice bodies,interesting location,a token "plot," and a big gunbattle at the end.
For 70's movie fans,or those who enjoy this genre,just about worth out the £2.49 rental fee,but not one you would want to see more than once.
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on 4 December 2015
Another Pam Grier prison girl sexplotation film made in the Philippines. Pam goes to prison and arrives with a bunch of other women in time to take a shower. While the girl's frolic, the warden (Laurie Burton) spies on them and pleasures herself. In spite of having a regular guard as a girlfriend, the warden wants Pam Grier. Pam rejects her advances, but Margaret Markov does not. This causes friction between the girls who later give us a cat fight with up skirts.

Through a series of circumstances the 2 girls manage to escape except they are chained to each other (film also released under the title "Chained Women"). Blondie wants to get guns to the revolutionaries while Pam has some cash stashed and wants off the island. Good old fashion 70's drive-in standard.

Ample above the waist nudity, no silicon, near rape.
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on 2 March 2016
I must admit this movie is total rubbish, I only got it because Tarantino liked it however it turns out to be one of those dated chicks in chains movies which along with the rest of them is really a load of trash!!
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on 19 June 2015
Foxy Brown returns.
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on 21 August 2015
great
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on 4 April 2016
Very good very much enjoyed.
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on 5 April 2016
not as good as I thought
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