Join former Preview Club host Odie Henderson for a screening of Cleopatra Jones and discussion about his new book, Black Caesars and Foxy Cleopatras: A History of Blaxploitation Cinema.
A Turkish poppy field is torched – and a U.S. drug trafficker known as “Mommy” (Shelley Winters) is feeling pretty burned. She phones the local cops she owns and orders a retaliatory strike on an inner-city antidrug headquarters. Mommy’s next call should be to 911. For now she’ll have to mess with Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson). Mommy is relentless in her vendetta – but Cleo responds with catlike karate stealth. (Bong So Hon, technical advisor on Billy Jack, supervised the karate sequences.) Doodlebug, Pickle, Snake, and more of Mommy’s offbeat stooges add glide to the story’s stride. Their antics, Mommy’s chortling sleaziness, and Cleo’s class shape the power and pizazz of Cleopatra Jones.
Presented on 35mm