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Tamara Dobson plays the eponymous Jones, a 'Special Agent to the President', whose mission is the destruction of the drug trade in America. Statuesque, cultured, lethal, Jones keeps tabs on her home community while carrying the fight around the world. After destroying a field of poppies in Turkey with an estimated street value of $30 million (about $160 million in 2015) by a napalm strike, Jones earns the ire of "Momma" (Creator/ShellyWinters), a domineering {{butch lesbian}} drug kingpin who operates in Cleo's hometown of L.A. Intent to draw Cleopatra into a death trap, Momma orders a shakedown on the B&S House - a community clinic where junkies can get clean, founded and run by Jones' lover Reuben Masters ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Casey Bernie Casey]]). When the [[BatteringRam shakedown]] uncovers drugs and Jimmy Beeker,[[FrameUp one of the ex-junkies, is arrested]], Jones returns to set things right.

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Tamara Dobson plays the eponymous Jones, a 'Special Agent to the President', whose mission is the destruction of the drug trade in America. Statuesque, cultured, lethal, Jones keeps tabs on her home community while carrying the fight around the world. After destroying a field of poppies in Turkey with an estimated street value of $30 million (about $160 million in 2015) by a napalm strike, Jones earns the ire of "Momma" (Creator/ShellyWinters), (Creator/ShelleyWinters), a domineering {{butch lesbian}} drug kingpin who operates in Cleo's hometown of L.A. Intent to draw Cleopatra into a death trap, Momma orders a shakedown on the B&S House - a community clinic where junkies can get clean, founded and run by Jones' lover Reuben Masters ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Casey Bernie Casey]]). When the [[BatteringRam shakedown]] uncovers drugs and Jimmy Beeker,[[FrameUp one of the ex-junkies, is arrested]], Jones returns to set things right.


Tamara Dobson plays the eponymous Jones, a 'Special Agent to the President', whose mission is the destruction of the drug trade in America. Statuesque, cultured, lethal, Jones keeps tabs on her home community while carrying the fight around the world. After destroying a field of poppies in Turkey with an estimated street value of $30 million (about $160 million in 2015) by a napalm strike, Jones earns the ire of "Momma" ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelley_Winters Shelly Winters]]), a domineering butch lesbian drug kingpin who operates in Cleo's hometown of L.A. Intent to draw Cleopatra into a death trap, Momma orders a shakedown on the B&S House - a community clinic where junkies can get clean, founded and run by Jones' lover Reuben Masters ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Casey Bernie Casey]]). When the [[BatteringRam shakedown]] uncovers drugs and Jimmy Beeker,[[FrameUp one of the ex-junkies, is arrested]], Jones returns to set things right.

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Tamara Dobson plays the eponymous Jones, a 'Special Agent to the President', whose mission is the destruction of the drug trade in America. Statuesque, cultured, lethal, Jones keeps tabs on her home community while carrying the fight around the world. After destroying a field of poppies in Turkey with an estimated street value of $30 million (about $160 million in 2015) by a napalm strike, Jones earns the ire of "Momma" ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelley_Winters Shelly Winters]]), (Creator/ShellyWinters), a domineering butch lesbian {{butch lesbian}} drug kingpin who operates in Cleo's hometown of L.A. Intent to draw Cleopatra into a death trap, Momma orders a shakedown on the B&S House - a community clinic where junkies can get clean, founded and run by Jones' lover Reuben Masters ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Casey Bernie Casey]]). When the [[BatteringRam shakedown]] uncovers drugs and Jimmy Beeker,[[FrameUp one of the ex-junkies, is arrested]], Jones returns to set things right.


Pamela Dobson plays the eponymous Jones, a 'Special Agent to the President', whose mission is the destruction of the drug trade in America. Statuesque, cultured, lethal, Jones keeps tabs on her home community while carrying the fight around the world. After destroying a field of poppies in Turkey with an estimated street value of $30 million (about $160 million in 2015) by a napalm strike, Jones earns the ire of "Momma" ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelley_Winters Shelly Winters]]), a domineering butch lesbian drug kingpin who operates in Cleo's hometown of L.A. Intent to draw Cleopatra into a death trap, Momma orders a shakedown on the B&S House - a community clinic where junkies can get clean, founded and run by Jones' lover Reuben Masters ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Casey Bernie Casey]]). When the [[BatteringRam shakedown]] uncovers drugs and Jimmy Beeker,[[FrameUp one of the ex-junkies, is arrested]], Jones returns to set things right.

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Pamela Tamara Dobson plays the eponymous Jones, a 'Special Agent to the President', whose mission is the destruction of the drug trade in America. Statuesque, cultured, lethal, Jones keeps tabs on her home community while carrying the fight around the world. After destroying a field of poppies in Turkey with an estimated street value of $30 million (about $160 million in 2015) by a napalm strike, Jones earns the ire of "Momma" ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelley_Winters Shelly Winters]]), a domineering butch lesbian drug kingpin who operates in Cleo's hometown of L.A. Intent to draw Cleopatra into a death trap, Momma orders a shakedown on the B&S House - a community clinic where junkies can get clean, founded and run by Jones' lover Reuben Masters ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Casey Bernie Casey]]). When the [[BatteringRam shakedown]] uncovers drugs and Jimmy Beeker,[[FrameUp one of the ex-junkies, is arrested]], Jones returns to set things right.


Definitely a product of its time, Cleopatra Jones has aged fairly well; the dialogue tends to be natural and is quite snappy in parts while the JiveTurkey bits are few and far between. The acting can be uneven in parts - compare Jimmy's [[{{Narm}} Narmtastic]] confession to Masters' stonefaced comfort during a junkie's torturous withdrawal session. Some of the MarySue comments made by minor characters are evocative of Creator/JackBlack's wooden delivery in KingKong, blank face and all. Race relations - always a focus in the blaxploitation genre - are fairly positive: a motorcycle rally shows blacks, white, and hispanics competing equally; background events have mixed crowds interacting normally. One event does show a group of (black) kids harassing a (white) man, but it's not easy to tell if the man was trying to steal their ball or if [[KidsAreCruel the kids just decided to screw with him]].

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Definitely a product of its time, Cleopatra Jones has aged fairly well; the dialogue tends to be natural and is quite snappy in parts while the JiveTurkey bits are few and far between. The acting can be uneven in parts - compare Jimmy's [[{{Narm}} Narmtastic]] confession to Masters' stonefaced comfort during a junkie's torturous withdrawal session. Some of the MarySue comments made by minor characters are evocative of Creator/JackBlack's wooden delivery in KingKong, ''Film/{{King Kong|2005}}'', blank face and all. Race relations - always a focus in the blaxploitation genre - are fairly positive: a motorcycle rally shows blacks, white, and hispanics competing equally; background events have mixed crowds interacting normally. One event does show a group of (black) kids harassing a (white) man, but it's not easy to tell if the man was trying to steal their ball or if [[KidsAreCruel the kids just decided to screw with him]].


Definitely a product of its time, Cleopatra Jones has aged fairly well; the dialogue tends to be natural and is quite snappy in parts while the JiveTurkey bits are few and far between. The acting can be uneven in parts - compare Jimmy's [[{{Narm}} Narmtastic]] confession to Masters' stonefaced comfort during a junkie's torturous withdrawal session. Some of the MarySue comments made by minor characters are evocative of JackBlack's wooden delivery in KingKong, blank face and all. Race relations - always a focus in the blaxploitation genre - are fairly positive: a motorcycle rally shows blacks, white, and hispanics competing equally; background events have mixed crowds interacting normally. One event does show a group of (black) kids harassing a (white) man, but it's not easy to tell if the man was trying to steal their ball or if [[KidsAreCruel the kids just decided to screw with him]].

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Definitely a product of its time, Cleopatra Jones has aged fairly well; the dialogue tends to be natural and is quite snappy in parts while the JiveTurkey bits are few and far between. The acting can be uneven in parts - compare Jimmy's [[{{Narm}} Narmtastic]] confession to Masters' stonefaced comfort during a junkie's torturous withdrawal session. Some of the MarySue comments made by minor characters are evocative of JackBlack's Creator/JackBlack's wooden delivery in KingKong, blank face and all. Race relations - always a focus in the blaxploitation genre - are fairly positive: a motorcycle rally shows blacks, white, and hispanics competing equally; background events have mixed crowds interacting normally. One event does show a group of (black) kids harassing a (white) man, but it's not easy to tell if the man was trying to steal their ball or if [[KidsAreCruel the kids just decided to screw with him]].


* TheMole: [[spoiler: Sgt. Kert, the otherwise even-tempered police officer who works for Chief Crawford, is Momma's catspaw on the force and orders the shakedown of the B&S. He also follows Cleo as she tracks down Tiffany after Doodlebug is killed, then captures them and turns them over to Momma. His appearance is something of a WhamLine as there is no reason to suspect there even is a mole]].



* TheMole: [[spoiler: Sgt. Kert, the otherwise even-tempered police officer who works for Chief Crawford, is Momma's catspaw on the force and orders the shakedown of the B&S. He also follows Cleo as she tracks down Tiffany after Doodlebug is killed, then captures them and turns them over to Momma. His appearance is something of a WhamLine as there is no reason to suspect there even is a mole]].

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* TheMole: [[spoiler: Sgt. Kert, the otherwise even-tempered police officer who works for Chief Crawford, is Momma's catspaw on the force PrettyInMink: Both Cleopatra and orders the shakedown of the B&S. He also follows Cleo as she tracks down Tiffany after Doodlebug is killed, then captures them and turns them over Momma wear some furs, showing at least both like to Momma. His appearance is something of a WhamLine as there is no reason to suspect there even is a mole]].show off some style.



* TheSeventies: You better believe it, baby.



* YouHaveFailedMe: At the climax, Momma demonstrates her deathtrap for Cleo and Tiffany on one of her own hitmen.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: At the climax, Momma demonstrates her deathtrap for Cleo and Tiffany on one of her own hitmen.hitmen.
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Cleopatra Jones is a 1973 {{Blaxploitation}} film.

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Cleopatra Jones ''Cleopatra Jones'' is a 1973 {{Blaxploitation}} film.


* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay: There is an InstantDeathBullet early on but otherwise these are avoided. One case of GunsAkimbo [[spoiler: Doodlebug's LastStand]] was due to the victim knowing it was an ambush, plus he was dazed by a car crash. The GenreSavvy assailants shoot the victim till he stops moving, then one investigates with a gun ready while other goons provide overwatch in case he's playing possum. The other time (also an ambush) Cleo uses it to create covering fire to protect an injured Masters and get close enough to the CoolCar to get a better weapon. She selects a [[MoreDakka Mac-10]] and rushes the building the shooters were on top of. She enters and avoids [[PaperThinDisguise an old man pushing an old woman in a wheelchair]] just as they are leaving. All three turn with weapons drawn, but of course the bad guys are too slow. Although both assassins are killed, it is easy to assume that each took several hits.

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* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay: There is an InstantDeathBullet early on but otherwise these are avoided. One case of GunsAkimbo [[spoiler: Doodlebug's LastStand]] was due to the victim knowing it was an ambush, plus he was dazed by a car crash. The GenreSavvy clever assailants shoot the victim till he stops moving, then one investigates with a gun ready while other goons provide overwatch in case he's playing possum. The other time (also an ambush) Cleo uses it to create covering fire to protect an injured Masters and get close enough to the CoolCar to get a better weapon. She selects a [[MoreDakka Mac-10]] and rushes the building the shooters were on top of. She enters and avoids [[PaperThinDisguise an old man pushing an old woman in a wheelchair]] just as they are leaving. All three turn with weapons drawn, but of course the bad guys are too slow. Although both assassins are killed, it is easy to assume that each took several hits.

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* {{Squick}}: The climax is in a wrecking yard, and for the YouHaveFailedMe scene, a crane picks up a car and drops it into a machine. Crusher, right? Nope - it's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwQf3gsZSTw car grinder]]. Fortunately the action is concealed by a rubber sheet door, but the output includes a silver finger ring among the scraps. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Some of the remaining hitmen are noticeably distressed]].


* HeyItsThatGuy: Several
** [[DirtyHarry Matthew Johnson]] does feel pretty lucky.
** [[StarskyAndHutch Huggy Bear]] is...well, pretty much the same character.
** [[GoodTimes Florida]] is running a cardgame in the backroom of her diner, and Sweet Daddy Williams is one of Doodlebug's crew.
** [[RevengeOfTheNerds U.N. Jefferson]] is running a drug clinic in L.A.
** [[Film/TheDiaryOfAnneFrank Mrs. Van Daan]] is running a drug cartel in L.A.


Definitely a product of its time, Cleopatra Jones has aged fairly well; the dialogue tends to be natural and is quite snappy in parts while the JiveTurkey bits are few and far between. The acting can be uneven in parts - compare Jimmy's [[{{Narm}} Narmtastic]] confession to Masters' stonefaced comfort during a junkie's torturous withdrawal session. Some of the MarySue comments made by minor characters are evocative of JackBlack's wooden delivery in KingKong, blank face and all.

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Definitely a product of its time, Cleopatra Jones has aged fairly well; the dialogue tends to be natural and is quite snappy in parts while the JiveTurkey bits are few and far between. The acting can be uneven in parts - compare Jimmy's [[{{Narm}} Narmtastic]] confession to Masters' stonefaced comfort during a junkie's torturous withdrawal session. Some of the MarySue comments made by minor characters are evocative of JackBlack's wooden delivery in KingKong, blank face and all.
all. Race relations - always a focus in the blaxploitation genre - are fairly positive: a motorcycle rally shows blacks, white, and hispanics competing equally; background events have mixed crowds interacting normally. One event does show a group of (black) kids harassing a (white) man, but it's not easy to tell if the man was trying to steal their ball or if [[KidsAreCruel the kids just decided to screw with him]].



* ArtisticLicenseMartialArts: Master [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han_Bong-soo Bong Soo Han]], a 9th Dan Blackbelt in Hap Ki Do, was the Martial Arts advisor for this film. It only shows in one or two scenes near the climax (the classic wristlock-spin-opponent flips 270 degrees onto his back); the rest is "judo chops" and curved-legged kicks so bad that even the editing can't make it look believable.

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* ArtisticLicenseMartialArts: Master [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han_Bong-soo Bong Soo Han]], a 9th Dan Blackbelt in Hap Ki Do, was the Martial Arts advisor for this film. It only shows in one or two scenes near the climax (the classic wristlock-spin-opponent flips 270 degrees onto his back); the rest is "judo chops" and curved-legged kicks so bad that even the editing can't make it look believable.believable.
* ChewingTheScenery: Snake, the dealer, when confronted by Cleo. Also counts as a OneSceneWonder.


Definitely a product of its time, Cleopatra Jones has aged fairly well; the dialogue tends to be natural and is quite snappy in parts while the JiveTurkey bits are few and far between. The acting can be uneven in parts - compare Jimmy's [[{{Narm}} Narmtastic]]

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Definitely a product of its time, Cleopatra Jones has aged fairly well; the dialogue tends to be natural and is quite snappy in parts while the JiveTurkey bits are few and far between. The acting can be uneven in parts - compare Jimmy's [[{{Narm}} Narmtastic]]
Narmtastic]] confession to Masters' stonefaced comfort during a junkie's torturous withdrawal session. Some of the MarySue comments made by minor characters are evocative of JackBlack's wooden delivery in KingKong, blank face and all.


Definitely a product of its time, Cleopatra Jones has aged fairly well; the dialogue tends to be natural and is quite snappy in parts while the JiveTurkey bits are few and far between. The acting can be uneven in parts - compare Jimmy's {{Narm Narmtastic}}

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Definitely a product of its time, Cleopatra Jones has aged fairly well; the dialogue tends to be natural and is quite snappy in parts while the JiveTurkey bits are few and far between. The acting can be uneven in parts - compare Jimmy's {{Narm Narmtastic}}
[[{{Narm}} Narmtastic]]

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