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Cleopatra Jones

Cleopatra Jones is a good programmer with the offbeat twist of having a sexy woman detective as the lead character. The script incorporates a slew of action set pieces, capably directed by Jack Starrett.

Cleopatra Jones is a good programmer with the offbeat twist of having a sexy woman detective as the lead character. The script incorporates a slew of action set pieces, capably directed by Jack Starrett.

Tamara Dobson makes a smart starring debut, after fashion model and teleblurb work, as the title character, a sophisticated undercover agent working to stamp out the world drug trade. But a phony raid on lover Bernie Casey’s ghetto halfway house, in which Dobson has a great interest, draws her home to unravel the plot.

Behind Casey’s problems, and serving as Dobson’s arch-enemy, is Shelley Winters, in vulgar characterization as a lesbian-type gangleader. The line between offbeat cameo and repulsive casting is wider than a freeway, but Winters crosses it with felicity.

Cleopatra Jones

  • Production: Warner. Director Jack Starrett; Producer William Tennant, Max Julien; Screenplay Max Julien, Sheldon Keller; Camera David Walsh; Editor Allan Jacobs; Music J.J. Johnson, Carl Brandt, Brad Shapiro;; Art Director Peter Wooley
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 89 MIN.
  • With: Tamara Dobson Bernie Casey Brenda Sykes Antonio Fargas Bill McKinney Shelley Winters
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