Black Mama, White Mama  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Black Mama, White Mama is a 1972 women in prison film with elements of blaxploitation, starring Pam Grier and Margaret Markov, and directed by Eddie Romero.


The action opens in the South Seas. Lee Daniels (Pam Grier) is the girlfriend of the island's biggest pimp and drug dealer, and she just ran off with $40,000.00USD of his money. Karen Brent (Margaret Markov) is a leading member of the local anarchist group. Lee and Karen are two of the newest inmates at an all-woman's penitentiary.

It's not too long before the Warden ships the pair off to another facility - where they are stopped in route by a group of Karen's fellow revolutionaries who are keen to free her. During the big gun battle, things go horribly wrong - the federals find reinforcements, the revolutionaries run, and Lee and Karen flee chained together. So begins their flight across the island. Each girl wants to go different directions - with Karen wanting to overthrowing the government and Lee wanting to leave the island with her money - but they can't unchain their handcuffs. Eventually, the two put aside their differences long enough to save their skins. Meanwhile, hunting the pair is Sid Haig as a displaced cowboy.



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