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Black Mama, White Mama
Black Mama White Mama
Actors: Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, Lynn Borden, Zaldy Zshornack
Director: Eddie Romero
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Special Interests, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense, African American Cinema
R     2001     1hr 27min

"A genre all by herself" (Voice), Pam Grier tacklesand shacklesher sleekest role yet as the feistier half of a pair of women in chains and on the run in this "colorful, outrageous and truly exciting" action flick (The Holl...  more »


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Actors: Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, Lynn Borden, Zaldy Zshornack
Director: Eddie Romero
Creators: Justo Paulino, Eddie Romero, David J. Cohen, John Ashley, H.R. Christian, Joe Viola, Jonathan Demme
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Special Interests, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Crime, Pam Grier, Drama, Child Safety & First Aid, Blaxploitation, Prison, Mystery & Suspense, African American Cinema
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/09/2001
Original Release Date: 01/19/1972
Theatrical Release Date: 01/19/1972
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Good Movie
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Good Movie. However, not one of the best women in prison movies that the 70's has been so well known for, but it's certainly worth watching. Grier and Markov make for a great tag team. They're both really hot women and even get nude together in one scene (that alone makes the film worth seeing). One thing that makes the movie stand out from the rest(prison flicks) is the fact that it's more than just a prison flick, 60 percent of the movie takes place outside of the prison walls. One of the major highlights is a super catfight between Grier and Markov (meow) All in all this is a must see for Grier fans. Also if you want to see these two in another film together check out the ARENA."
Black mama White mama, two hot mamas!
Johny Bottom | Jacksonville, NC | 01/22/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Now this be a movie! On an unnamed Carribean Island our heros Grier (prostitute)and Markov (terrorist) are bused into a female prison. Watch female guards get themselves off while watching playful inmates shower. If a prisoner 'plays good' with the head guard they get out of work. Pam don't like having to pull other people's load, gets into a messhal fight with Markov. They are put into the sweatbox together. There is only room to stand, and they must lean their physiques against each other to stand, because the walls are too hot to touch.Later they are chained together for interigation because they both have information on two separate parties (druglords and a terrorist group planning to take over the island). While enroute they escape with the help of a terrorist ambush. While on the run, and chained together, Grier wants to go to one side of the island to get her boat and stolen cash, while Markov wants to go to the other side of the island to get the weapons her terrorist friends need.High points 1) they dress as nuns while on the run 2) a lot of nudity 3) The rhinestone cowboy Puerto Rican bounty hunter who is as much out of place on that island as is a snowball."
Enjoyable Ride With Cool Girls Under the Hot Sun
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 12/19/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Though an entry of 'Soul Cinema Collection,' "Black Mama, White Mama" does not belong to so-called blaxploitation films. "BMWM"'s idea clearly comes from "The Defiant Ones" and here we see an incongruous pair chained to each other, on the run from the prison for women.Women's prison? Yes, as avid movie fans know, we have a minor genre dealing with women's prison. Its formula has been the same: cruel wardens, violence among the prisoners, the rigid rules that donimates them, etc., and before the hit of "Coffy," Pam Grier had to serve about two years in this genre. By the time of 1970s the genre has become famous (or notorious) for its violence and nudity, and both stars here also are thrown into women's prison on an unnamed island just after the opening credit. So you know what you see in the next shower room scene.Thankfully, the prison sequences are not long, and Pam & Margaret soon manage to escape, chained together by the hand, and run and run and ... well, the rest is, as you expect, lots of set-pieces: shootings between guards, gang, and revolutionary guerrillas (!) They are mildly entertaining, especially when Pam is on the screen, but as a whole too familiar to get excited. Still, several scenes are momorable: both stars disguised as nuns, and a very unique way of giving a false scent to a chasing dog by giving a pooch Margaret's underwear. And check out their clothes, especially Pam's (red one); they always look too clean for runaway prisoners!"Black Mama, White Mama" is worth a look for Pam Grier fans because it seems a miracle now that she survived those Grade-B films to finally be praised by her portraying Jackie Brown with her dynamite performance 24 years later. Another interesting thing about "BMWM" is that the story is co-wriiten by Jonathan Demme, who one year before "BMWH" produced and also co-wrote the same kind of film "The Hot Box," which incidentally features Margaret Markov. (For the record, in another film "Arena" Pam and Margaret both appear.) Demme himself is to direct another women-in-prison movie called "The Caged Heat," his first feature film, in 1974. A long way to "The Silence of the Lambs," isn't it?"
Steamy jungle saga with Pam!
Bill W. Dalton | Santa Ana, CA USA | 05/05/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Pam Grier is the black mama and Margaret Markov is the white mama in this "homage" (let us not say "rip-off") to the old 1958 Tony Curtis-Sidney Poitier classic The Defiant Ones, in which two escaping prison inmates are chained together, and must overcome their loathing for each other and work together in order to gain their freedom. In this version, director Eddie Romero (of the Blood Island trilogy) has, instead of a black guy and a prejudiced white guy, a black hooker and a revolutionist white girl, which allows for cat-fights and nude scenes, as well as the chase through the Philippine jungle. The two escapees are pursued by the cops, a drug lord, a bounty hunter, and a guerrilla leader, all with their own motives for catching the runaways. This is another bare-bones DVD from MGM which has only the movie trailer and a scene/language selector for bonus features. (Well, you do see Pam Grier's bare-bones, so that's not so bad!) The image quality is not the best, though. Still, it's worth its price for Romero/Grier/women-in-prison fans."