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Cleopatra Jones

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Cleopatra Jones
Theatrical poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Jack Starrett
Release Date 1973
Main Cast
Character Actor
Cleopatra Jones Tamara Dobson
Reuben Bernie Casey
Mommy Shelley Winters
Doodlebug Antonio Fargas

Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold is a 1973 blaxploitation movie about Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson), an anti-narcotics agent who is responsible for the destruction of the Asian poppy fields of drugboss Mommy (Shelley Winters).

Assisted by several corrupt cops, an enraged Mommy sets about to eliminate Cleopatra Jones and her lover, social worker Reuben (Bernie Casey). This movie was followed by the 1973 sequel Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold.

The following weapons were used in the film Cleopatra Jones:


Smith & Wesson 39

Cleopatra Jones carries a nickel Smith & Wesson 39 with pearl grips and can be seen using it in the scene where she’s ambushed by a sniper send by Mommy.

Smith & Wesson Model 39-2, nickel finish - 9x19mm
Don’t mess with this mother! Cleopatra Jones firing her Smith & Wesson 39 at a rooftop sniper.
In spite of Cleopatra Jones firing right handed, she manages to keep a low profile behind a tree.
When she runs out of ammo for her Smith & Wesson 39, Cleopatra Jones takes cover behind her car.

Colt M1911A1

A Colt M1911A1 can be seen among evidence recovered from a crime scene where corrupt cops are selling guns to criminals.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
The 1911A1 is retrieved from a bag taken from the disgruntled looking corrupt cop in the background.


Colt Diamondback

The Colt Diamondback is the most prolific handgun in the movie. It’s used by Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson), Doodlebug (Antonio Fargas) and several thugs and police officers. During the airport shootout, one of Mommy's henchman fires a 2.5" Diamondback.

Colt Diamondback - .22 LR
During the shootout at the airport, Cleopatra Jones fires a Diamondback taken from a thug.
After the shootout, Cleopatra Jones identifies herself to a police officer carrying a Diamondback.
Doodlebug defending himself from Mommy’s henchmen with a Diamondback during an ambush.
Police officers, the one second from right carrying a Diamondback, arriving at a crime scene.
Colt Diamondback with a 2.5 Inch barrel - .38 Special
The henchman aiming his Diamondback, note the single vent on the rib and the smaller frame, characteristic of the Diamondback.
The henchman falls dead with his Diamondback, showing the Colt medallion on the grip.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Pickles (Teddy Wilson), one of Doodlebug’s bodyguards, can be seen with a Smith & Wesson Model 36 during the ‘visit’ of Cleopatra Jones to his boss’s apartment.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Pickles pulling his Model 36 as the atmosphere turns more tense during Cleopatra Jones’ visit.

Colt Detective Special

Several Colt Detective Special’s can be seen at a crime scene where corrupt cops are selling guns to criminals.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen with Round Butt - .38 Special
Cleopatra Jones inspecting a bag at the crime scene, retrieving two Detective Specials.

Submachine Guns

RPB Industries MAC-11

Cleopatra Jones keeps a RPB Industries MAC-11 in her car. It has a fake flash suppressor and can be distinguished from the MAC-10 by the solid, rather than pierced, front sights.

RPB Industries MAC-11 - .380 ACP
Cleopatra Jones takes the MAC-11 from a compartment in her car door, note what looks like a Colt Diamondback and several grenades.
A good view on the flash suppressor as Cleopatra Jones enters an apartment building in search of a Mommy’s sniper.
Cleopatra Jones hiding the MAC-11 behind her back as an elderly couple exits the elevator.
A classic pose as Cleopatra Jones blasts away with the MAC-11, note how the flash suppressor has limited effect.

Smith & Wesson 76

One of Mommy’s henchmen uses a Smith & Wesson 76 with collapsed stock to fire at Doodlebug and his bodyguards during an ambush.

Smith & Wesson 76 - 9x19mm‎
A good view on the Smith & Wesson 76 as the henchman is about to fire on Doodlebug’s car.

M1928/M1928A1 Thompson

The M1928/M1928A1 Thompson is the ‘bad guy’ gun in this movie; several variants can be seen at Mommy’s headquarters and used by her henchmen.

M1928 "Tommy Gun" with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
An M1928 can be seen in the display cabinet as Mommy discusses her next move with her henchmen.
M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
Several M1928A1’s can be seen in display cabinets as Mommy makes her way into her offices.
M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine and early 'simplified' rear sight that would be adopted for the M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
During the scene at the car dump, several henchmen can be seen with the M1928A1 version with simplified rearsight.

M1 Thompson

In a continuity error, the above described M1928A1 Thompson’s turn into M1 Thompson’s halfway during the final scene at the car dump.

M1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
The M1928A1’s of the henchman on the left and the one in the middle have suddenly turned into M1’s.
The same scene from a different angle, allowing a better view on the henchman’s M1.


Arisaka Type 02 Paratrooper Takedown Rifle (sporterized)

In one scene, one of Mommy’s henchmen can be seen cleaning a silenced and sporterized Arisaka Type 02 Paratrooper Takedown rifle. It can also be seen in the hands of a local youth at the B&S house, less the silencer.

Arisaka Type 02 Paratrooper Takedown rifle - 7.7x58mm
The henchman aiming (half of) the Arisaka Type 02, note the distinctive lanyard ring on the right side of the rifle.
A good view of the barrel and silencer plus the henchman trying to give an evil smile.
The Arisaka Type 02 being cleaned by a local youth at the B&S house.

M16 SP1

During a car chase, a thug can be seen firing an original M16 rifle at Cleopatra Jones’ car. It can be identified as such by the lack of a forward assist button.

Original M16 with 20-round magazine and 3-prong flash hider, sold in non-full auto version as Colt SP1 - 5.56x45mm
A thug trying to fire the SP1 at Cleopatra Jones’ car, note the 30-round magazine.
A good view of the 3-prong flash hider and the receiver clearly showing the lack of a forward assist.


High Standard K-1200 Riot Standard Model

A High Standard K-1200 Riot Standard Model can be seen used by officer Purdy (Bill McKinney) during the bust of the B&S house plus by the assassin posing as an elderly lady in a wheelchair.

High Standard K-1200 Riot Standard Model - 12 gauge
Right before the bust, Officer Purdy is seen with the K-1200, note the lack of rifle sights.
Officer Purdy about to fire his K-1200 with a detective raising his arm to prevent somebody getting hit.
This ‘old lady’ turns out to be not so harmless as she might look at first sight…


Prop MP40

In several promotion materials, but not in the movie, Cleopatra Jones can be seen with some sort of submachine gun that is based on the MP40, but cut off just behind the magazine well and with a fake suppressor added.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
Artist impression of the Cleopatra Jones’s submachine gun.
Promotional material of Cleopatra Jones with the ‘semi’ MP40 submachine gun.

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