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Sheba, Baby

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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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  • Actors: Pam Grier, Austin Stoker, D'Urville Martin, Rudy Challenger, Dick Merrifield
  • Directors: William Girdler
  • Writers: William Girdler, David Sheldon
  • Producers: David Sheldon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VBD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,433 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sheba, Baby" on IMDb

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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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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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Review was originally written for my website From the Mind of Tatlock. A copy was provided for review.

Blaxploitation films are a type of genre that I get a kick out of. They are wild, gritty, full of nudity, and beautiful women. The last movie that checked all those boxes off was Coffy, which also starred Pam Grier (Coffy Review). It was a film full of boobs, violence and jive talking dudes getting blasted away by the righteous Pam Grier. I was hoping that the tradition would continue with Sheba, Baby, but unfortunately, Pam Grier was at a point in her career where she wanted to broaden her acting abilities and refused to do the movie if there was any nudity. (That sound you're hearing is my heart breaking.) Due to those demands, Sheba, Baby comes off as a blaxploitation flick with hardly any violence, no nudity, and a light-hearted approach. However, it's not a poor film by any means, but rather a fun time waster, but a large part of me feels that it could have been much more than just that. Read on to see if you agree...

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Much like all the other Pam Grier films of the time, she plays a tough as nails woman seeking revenge. The film starts off introducing us to her private detective character Sheba Shayne, who learns of her father being harassed by a group of tough guys. She heads to her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky to help out and quickly becomes involved in taking down the baddies by herself, constantly refusing help from her past lover Brick Williams, played by Assault on Precinct 13's Austin Stoker.

Sheba, Baby cuts out most of the elements that make a blaxploitation film remarkably delectable. You'll have the prerequisite cat fight, but gone is the in your face nudity.
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With the Oscars fighting off accusations of "whitewashing" the awards this year, maybe everyone should just pack into the Dolby Theater and watch Sheba, Baby, Pam Grier's 1975 Blaxploitation thriller which casts her as a tough but tender private detective out to protect her father from neighborhood thugs trying to take over the family business. As the lyrics say in the film's theme song, "She's a dangerous lady, and she's well put together."

Grier was actually trying to get out of the Blaxploitation business after her breakout success with Coffy and Foxy Brown. But producers lured her back for another go with the promise of a more glamorous role and a PG rating that would make the film more accessible for a general audience. It's the latter creative decision that winds up making Sheba, Baby an also-ran when compared to the best films of the Blaxploitation era, often feeling like a cast off TV pilot rather than a polished feature film.

Sheba Shaye (Grier) leaves Chicago to set things right for her father and his partner (Austin Stoker) back in Louisville where a criminal syndicate is buying up all the local businesses on the block. There's obviously bigger money behind it all, so Sheba uses her old connections to kick ass and take names, leading her to "The Shark," a slick insurance tycoon using local muscle to make his millions.

Written and directed by William Girdler (Grizzly), the film's script is more of a "suggestion" as each scene meanders through pointless dialogue and romantic entanglements as it kills time between action sequences.
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