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Flashback – That 5-Minute Car Chase Sequence In ‘Cleopatra Jones’…

Flashback - That 5-Minute Car Chase Sequence In 'Cleopatra Jones'...

I re-watched this movie the other day, and was reminded of how cool the below car chase sequence is.

It happens about halfway through the film, and I’d say rivals any movie car chase of its time, and maybe even today. Ok, so it doesn’t quite touch the well-known sequence from The French Connection, but it’s still cool. 

No CGI, no explosions, just real people, real cars, and real stunts… and for 5+ continuous minutes! 

Oh, and by the way, a black woman controls the wheels of victory. How often have you seen that happen at the movies?

I love how she gives off a laugh at the end of it all…

And just in case it’s not obvious, it’s a scene from Cleopatra Jones (1973), starring the late Tamara Dobson.

The fact that this 40-year-old scene still feels fresh today maybe speaks to how little progress we’ve made. 

Any other memorable car chase sequences in black films that you can recall?

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