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Sheba, Baby [Blu-ray + DVD]

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  • Actors: Pam Grier, D'Urville Martin, Austin Stoker
  • Directors: William Girdler
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • Release Date: Feb. 9 2016
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B017RL9136
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,892 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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HOTTER 'N' COFFY MEANER 'N' FOXY BROWN! Fresh off her career defining roles for Jack Hill in Coffy and Foxy Brown, Pam Grier returned to pure Blaxploitation (after turns in Blaxploitation-horror and action), in cult filmmaker William Girdler's (The Manitou, Abby) 'Sheba, Baby'... Grier plays Sheba Shayne, a private eye based in Chicago who is called to her hometown to stop the local mob boss (played by that bad D'Urville Martin, Black Caesar, Dolemite) from moving in on her father's loan business. Aided by her father's partner, Brick Williams (Austin Stoker, Assault on Precinct 13, Battle for the Planet of the Apes), Sheba finds out that the violent thugs aren't going go away with a fight. Car bombs, gun fights and boat chases ensue whilst armed with her curves, street smarts and a .44, Sheba is in for a bloodbath! Grier would appear in three Blaxploitation classics in 1975 (the others were Bucktown and Friday Foster), where she was at the top of her game and genre, with the Los Angeles Times calling her cool, tough and glamorous - a female fantasy Wonder Woman, further cementing her status as the first female action star.

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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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By Jenny TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 23 2007
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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HASH(0x997071f8) out of 5 stars "PG-Pam" still packs a punch Feb. 17 2009
By Raymond C. Ruether - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99714f60) out of 5 stars Pam Grier, Forever! Dec 10 2005
By David E. Baldwin - Published on Amazon.com
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.
HASH(0x997161e0) out of 5 stars Sheba Baby!!!!! May 2 2014
By CupC@ke........ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
my fieance, and my self just love way back movies/ we just love Pam Grier, wish we had the whole collection, But one at a time will do. She plays a dam gud role in all her movies. I cant say enuff. Thnks to Amazon.
By denval - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
classic Pam Grier. the acting isn't what people expect today with all the special effects and high budgets. but this was a moving experience and helped to form my perspective of what's right and wrong with our society. gave me a enough gumption to get up and do something with my life.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9971627c) out of 5 stars Blaxploitation-Lite June 5 2015
By Scott T. Rivers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Rated PG for the entire family, "Sheba, Baby" (1975) finds Pam Grier taking her ass-kicking heroics to Kentucky. Without her strong presence, this blaxploitation programmer would vanish from memory. The funky soundtrack (featuring vocals by Barbara Mason) generates more vitality than the tired plot. Stick with "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown."

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