Black Mama White Mama (1973)
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You don't expect TOO TOO much when you decide to check out Black Mama, White Mama. I mean, an exploitation version of The Defiant Ones with Pam Grier? I'm there for it. Still, it sort of lost me towards the end there. The first act is your standard, highly ridiculous, women in prison 'sploitation flick, set in a Filipino prison. Cuz that's where they filmed, which does add some exoticism to the usual shenanigans - shower scenes, food fights, and lesbian guards, you know the drill. Then they chain Grier and White Mama Margaret Markov together, but they escape thanks to the latter's revolutionary friends (yes, cuz Markov is the terrorist, Grier is the hooker trying to get out from under her pimp's thumb, I might have switched the roles given each woman's relative badassery), and for a while there, it's a fun buddy escapee situation. But there are so many elements coming after them who need to be serviced, we lose the plot by the end. The one thing this movie doesn't do very well is stunts, and ending the whole thing in a big firefight full of them makes for a poorer climax. This is just silly fun, so the tragic note it eventually strikes leaves me nonplussed.
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