Directed by Jack Starrett • 1973 • United States
Starring Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey, Brenda Sykes
A Turkish poppy field is torched—and a U.S. drug trafficker known as Mommy (Shelley Winters) is feeling pretty burned. She phones the local cops she owns and orders a retaliatory strike on an inner-city antidrug headquarters. Mommy’s next call should be to 911. Because now she’ll have to contend with Special Agent Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson). Mommy is relentless in her vendetta—but Cleo responds with catlike karate stealth. The towering Dobson (Guinness-listed as the “tallest leading lady in film”) brings plenty of pizzazz to this ferocious mix of Black feminism and “fight the Man” attitude.