Black Cinema Series: Cleopatra Jones
Cleopatra Jones is an action-adventure Blaxploitation movie starring Tamara Dobson as Cleopatra, which was released in 1973. In the film, Jones is a special agent assigned to eliminate drug-trafficking in the US and abroad. After Jones torches a poppy field in Turkey, Mommy, a drug-lady played by Shelley Winters, becomes furious and promises to destroy Jones. Mommy uses her link with corrupt officers on the force to stir up trouble for Jones' friends and to set her up to be jumped. Meanwhile, Mommy is having problems with some of her pushers, like the disloyal Doodlebug, played by Antonio Fargas.
A sequel, Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold appeared in 1975, with Dobson reprising the title role.
The films were parodied in Austin Powers in Goldmember with the character Foxxy Cleopatra, who resembled Jones.
Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were.
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