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Sheba, Baby (1975)

Pam Grier , Austin Stoker , William Girdler  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pam Grier, Austin Stoker, D'Urville Martin, Rudy Challenger, Dick Merrifield
  • Directors: William Girdler
  • Writers: William Girdler, David Sheldon
  • Producers: David Sheldon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VBD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sheba, Baby" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Super sexy soul sister Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) is hotter than dynamite in a role she fills with fiery determination. Proving she's cool, tough and glamorousa female fantasy Wonder Woman (Los Angeles Times), Grier delivers a riveting, gutsy performance in this hard-hitting thriller that leaps from one death-defying scene to the next. Sheba Shayne is a private eye summoned to her hometown to help her father stop the mob from moving in on his loan business. But she gets too close to the fire, narrowly escaping the blast of a car bomb. Gunning for justice, Sheba vows to take revenge. Packing a .44 Magnum, a machine gun and a couple of surprises that will blow the bad guys away, she leaves a blazing trail of blood in her wake and puts the mob on the defensive until she's duped into an ingenious plot that could flatten her curves forever.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pam Grier, Forever! December 10, 2005
Format:DVD
This is the first of Pam Grier's efforts that I would not lump wholly in the exploitation category. Sure, there's lots of gunplay and a redundant catfight. That said, the dialogue here avoids the tongue-and-cheek quality that was evident in "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown" and the villains here are more realistic and not as cartoonish. The underlying theme here are the underworld elements that threaten legitimate black entrepreneurs. Because the film deals with the threat more seriously the message becomes more potent. Even in this low-budget effort Grier just commands the screen like any of her contemporaries and would give a run for the money for today's top actresses. She was definitely ahead of her time. I can't recall if Halle Berry thanked her in her Oscar speech. She does not appear nude here but she looks so fabulous clothed that your imagination will do somersaults. Timeless entertainment.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "PG-Pam" still packs a punch February 17, 2009
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I realize most of the "less than favorable" reviews here are due to comparison with COFFY and FOXY BROWN, and that's really unfortunate. Taken by itself, SHEBA BABY is still an enjoyable and entertaining Pam Grier movie. Here she plays a no-nonsense Chicago-based private investigator who returns to Louisville to protect her father from mob forces muscling in on his loan business. The story plays out like many cop/detective shows from the 70s, but despite the PG rating there's plenty of action here and Pam always gets her man (her confrontation with the hustler in the car wash is a riot!). Of course the PG rating means virtually no nudity (Pam stays between the sheets for her only "nude" scene), but she still looks great and (quite nicely!) dons a wetsuit for much of the last third of the film. The film also boasts a funky 70s soundtrack, including vocals by Barbara Mason. Unfortunately the soundtrack LP is long out of print and quite rare, however I would certainly welcome a CD reissue. The DVD also features a trailer for the film that's quite fun ("Slammin' Pam... giving the gun brothers the frizzies and their boss man the tizzies!"). Sure this isn't COFFY or FOXY BROWN, but that shouldn't stop anyone from enjoying SHEBA BABY.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SELLOUT OR BE KILLED May 19, 2012
Format:DVD
This was Pam Grier's final blaxploitation film. By now she had stopped doing nude scenes. Pam returns home to find her dad being muscled out of business by some thugs. She springs into action against them. What I like about this film is that it captured the era so well. The large automobiles, the colorful clothes with wide lapels, and the prices for fast food burgers. Pam apparently does her own stunts. The scenes of her running and shooting a gun are comical by today's standards. Pam "runs like a girl" which is unlike tough women in the films today. She also runs around trains, cars, and buildings instead of jumping on roof tops.

As a regular film, it is somewhat of a let down, especially compared to Pam's other works such as Coffy, The Big Bird Cage Women in Cages, The Big Doll House, and Scream Blacula Scream.

No f-bombs, not much in the sex and nudity department.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't feeling this one baby. October 18, 2006
Format:DVD
If I had to describe `Sheba Baby,' the best I can come up with is Pam Grier Light with some really bad mellow drama. I really tried, but this movie just didn't work for me. The action scenes were dull, the acting was surprisingly poor, and some of these characters were TOO stereotypical to even be funny.

This Pam Grier film is incredibly tame. It's nowhere near as violent as some of her earlier films. Gone are the over-the-top images of Pam placing a small revolver or razor blades in her afro. Pilot (D'Urville Martin) and his crew can't hold a candle to some of the real villains Pam faced in her previous movies. It's strictly by-the-numbers and almost has a made-for-TV feel. As for the bad acting, the baddies that Pam faces off with are as unnatural sounding in their delivery as I've seen. As a result, characters like Pilot don't come across as threatening as they should or need to for the movie to work.

That's not to say there aren't moments or elements in `Sheba Baby' that I didn't enjoy it's just that when compared with Pam's other films like `Coffy,' `Foxy Brown,' and even `Friday Foster' that the movie fails. It is not one of her best performances, though. Her "avenging angel" persona has been soften quite a bit, so she is forced to rely mostly on her natural charm. Still, I had fun with this film. A bit of a letdown, but definitively worth watching for the sake of curiosity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pam Grier greatest female actress of all time June 13, 2010
Format:DVD
i own just about every movie this lady is in to be by far she (Pam Grier) is one of the greatest black actresses of all time. and still today the way she carries herself in all of her movies she is baaaaad love it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent 70s Pam Grier flick. December 29, 2009
Format:DVD
Sheba Baby, is another Pam Grier Blaxploitation film. It was one of Pam's less visceral films of this genre. Pam plays Sheba Shane, who's a Chicago gumshoe. Sheba's father is the owner of a small loan company, in Missouri. When local mobsters try to run her father of of business, Sheba goes after the bad guys.

Pam Grier had already made her mark in Blaxploitation films, by the time Sheba Baby came along. Fans of both Coffy and Foxy Brown, know that Pam is capable of an explosive intensity as an actress. In Sheba Baby, the fiery performance that viewers had come to expect from Pam, wasn't as evident in this film. Not that Pam doesn't kick-butt in Sheba Baby. She's just not as much of a runaway-train vigilante, as she was in her previous Blaxploitation films.

The supporting cast in this film, are a distinct disappointment. So Sheba Baby is Pam's film, through and through. And though Pam's a bit more subdued than in her other films, she still gives a compelling performance in Sheba Baby. This film is definitely worth your time, if you're an ardent Pam Grier fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars PAM GRIER
This is Pam Grier live and in living color its an ok movie but you must love the 70's to look at it
Published 2 months ago by BowDwn2theQueen
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT WAS EXPECTED = GREAT GIFT IDEA TOO
iT WAS LIKE BACK IN THE DAY GOING TO MOVIES SOUND AND PICTURE WERE PERFECT AND MY 55 INCH TV. MADE ME WANT TO INVITE FRIENDS OVER.
Published 3 months ago by Yolie M. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheba Baby
Excellent vintage 70's movie ! The storyline was interesting, the actors were good and I liked the clothing/fashion styles from the 1970's.
Published 4 months ago by 2515luv
5.0 out of 5 stars Pam Grier Fans Will Love This
Sheba,Baby is another fine film with Pam Grier. Taking on the criminals in her usual efficient way, you'll cheer for her as always. Nobody did these film better than Pam.
Published 5 months ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars Pam Grier
I love old classic movies of the '70s. I really love Pam Grier as an actress and watching all of her movies. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sgh628
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
classic Pam Grier. the acting isn't what people expect today with all the special effects and high budgets. Read more
Published 8 months ago by denval
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything with Pam Grier!
I love Pam Grier and in this movie she acts and looks more sophisticated. A real treat for all Pam Grier lover's. The plot is not really thick in this movie but who cares. Ms. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Asteroid74
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheba, Baby
Because I am a long time Pam Grier fan and wish there were more of her movies available. Yes I would highly recommend this movie to a friend.
Published 14 months ago by Aaron N. Rose Jr.
2.0 out of 5 stars Film
My husband wanted to collect a copy of the film. The story and the acting are poor. The film quality is good.
Published 14 months ago by Regina
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak, weak, baby
Limited violence and barely any skin threaten to discount this 1975 entry from the blacksploitation canon. Read more
Published on April 3, 2012 by Jason Kirkfield
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