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Hooker Lee (Pam Grier) & revolutinary Karen (Margaret Markov) are
new to another one of these Filippino women's penitnetiaries, & no
love is lost between them, especially after Karen starts to have sex with
a warden (Lynn Borden) to improve her position after Lee has refused to
have sex witht he warden.
However, eventually they have to e driven to the capitol, the transport
is attacked by KAren's rebel friends, and they manage to break free ...
but are chained to one another by the hand ... which is bad news, since
Karen's friends didn't stay to collect the girls but had to make a
strategic retreat, & now pretty much everybody if after the girls, who
are wearing nothing but shirts & panties: Police Captain Cruz (Eddie
Gacia), headhunter & criminal Ruben (Sid Haig) who was actually hired
by Cruz, & then there's gangsterboss Vic (Vic Diaz) who knows that Lee
has a stash of money hidden away somewhere.
The situatin gets more & more desperate, since Ruben seems to know
every trick in the book on how to capture escapees & soon sends dogs
after them - which the girls can ultimately shake when Karen takes of her
panties, gives them to a stray dog & chases him off into a different
diretion ... but not even that can fool Ruben for long.
Ultiately though, Karen's rebel friends, led by Ernesto (Zaldy
Zschornack) get wise to Ruben's gang & deefeat them, and police
captain Cruz, in a massive shoot-out. Then they finally hook up witht he
girls to bring them the good news, & the rebels even promise to help
Lee retrieve her gold & leave the OPhilippines for good.
But they haven't accounted for Vic's gang awaiting them at the harbour.
In another massive shoot-out pretty much everyone dies, only Lee
somehow gets away witht he money.
Part women in prison film, part escape-drama with a plot somewhat
lifted from Stanley Kramer's The Defiant Ones (1958), with Margaret
Markov & Pam Grier substituting for Tony Curtis & Sidney Poitier, Black
Mama, White Mama is not too successful in either genre, but then again
does provide ok entertainment if your expectations aren'tt o high.
The film itself was actually an effort of AIP to repeat the
success that then young company New
World had with a string of very similar films: Filippino-produced
WIP films sattrring Pam Grier & Sid Haig (e.g. The
Big Doll House, The Big Bird
Cage), before AIP got Grier & Haig back to the USA to have
them star in some of their biggest successes of the time (e.g. Coffy,