CLEOPATRA JONES (1973)

  • dir. Jack Starrett
  • year. 1973
  • country. USA
  • run-time. 89 mins
  • rating. 15

£5 (£3.50 concs.)


SHE'S 6 FEET 2" OF DYNAMITE... AND THE HOTTEST SUPER AGENT EVER!

Cleopatra Jones is a United States Special Agent assigned to crack down on drug-trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. After she burns a Turkish poppy field, the notorious drug-lord Mommy is furious at the loss of her supply and vows to destroy Cleopatra Jones.

Blaxplotation. Known for its over-the-top action, iconic soundtracks, costumes and one-liners, it is also one of the most politically ambiguous, subversive and contradictory genres in cinema. And Cleopatra Jones is a prime example.

"Cleo teaches drug traffickers the meaning of NO!" said the tagline. Made at the height of Nixon's war on drugs, the film stars Tamara Dobson as a federal agent waging war against the pushers destroying the poorest communities. Watching it you may ask yourself: is this a tale of empowerment under the guise of propaganda? Or propaganda under the guise of empowerment?

Join us for this overdose of violence, bell bottoms and (sophisticated) bad taste!