Friday, July 28, 2017

Sheba Baby (1975)

Director: William Girdler

Writers: William Girdler, David Sheldon

Composers: Alex Brown, Monk Higgins

Starring: Pam Grier, Austin Stoker, D'Urville Martin, Rudy Challenger, Richard Merrifield, Christopher Joy, Charles Kissinger, Charles Broaddus

More info: IMDb

Tagline: She's One Mean Mama!

Plot: A Chicago private detective returns back home to Louisville, Kentucky, to help her father fight mobsters.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  Sadly, no.

I loves me some Pam Grier and I'm a big fan of a lot of her 70s Blaxploitation pictures.  This one doesn't hold up as well as the others but it's still worth watching.  There's a lot to like and it starts with Pam.  There's not much action but the chase at the carnival was fun.  It's a tamer Blaxploitation flick than her earlier entries and there's a reason.  I was surprised at the lack of nudity and the things that make some of the other pictures in the genre more fun.  After it was over I saw that it was rated PG.  That was it.  Now I know that's not the only problem the film has but it didn't help that the filmmakers had to tone everything down because of it.  The biggest problem is the story.  The first half of the movie, while not all that exciting, has lots of scenes, spending time with some interesting and colorful characters.  D'Urville Martin is always fun to watch.  His speech to his crew is a gas.  But it's the second half of the film where the problem lies.  It's almost entirely on a yacht.  Sheba (Grier) gets on board for the bad guy's big party so she can bring him down.  She gets caught, escapes and chases the baddies down on a speedboat and then it's over.  There's little variety to the setting and scenery and that's a big part of what's wrong with the film.  The music is groovy and fun.  I could see slapping this album on for some great background music.  So if you haven't seen this, just go in with lower expectations, understand that the most you're going to see of Pam is some side boob and have a good movie lined up to follow this with. 

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