'Sheba, Baby'


Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

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IMDb Rating 5.8 10 935


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Pam Grier as Sheba Shayne
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Reviewed by Mark Turner 6 / 10

Don't Mess With Sheba

The late seventies were the heyday for the genre of film known as Blaxploitation. Action films that offered starring roles to black actors with stories urban audiences could relate to were made by low budget studies at first but once they showed they could draw an audience the larger studios jumped on the bandwagon.

While male stars like Bernie Casey, James Brown and Richard Roundtree were topping the box office there was one female star that burst upon the scene as well. That she could continue to make a name for herself in more mainstream released from then until now speaks volumes about her abilities. But back then it was a combination of her sexuality and no nonsense characters that got her roles. By the time SHEBA BABY arrived Pam Grier had shone in both COFFY and FOXY BROWN. This time she toned things down enough for a PG rating but the box office still followed.

Grier stars as the title character, Sheba Shayne, a top private investigator in Chicago who returns to her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, when the mob tries to muscle in on her father's loan business. Apparently they weren't aware of who they were dealing with as Sheba deals out swift retribution for the attack on her father. Justice is dealt out street wise with little assistance from the local police and plenty from Sheba's old flame Brick (Austin Stoker).

There's no need for more details than that. The genre was filled with cardboard cutout bad guys and street smart heroes that took no guff from both the police and the mob. Instead they sought to handle things on their own and did so quite well. While the films were not an attack on the established law enforcement they played up a sense of pride in community and being able to take care of oneself when it came to criminals. Characters like Sheba were defenders of all with a strong moral compass when it came to right and wrong crime wise. Grier's characters were a positive role model even if they meted out justice on their own.

Many have faulted SHEBA BABY as the worst film Grier offered at the time but it holds up still and isn't near as bad as the naysayers claim. The problem is after such strong performances and stories as found in her two prior films this one isn't quite up to that standard she set. It remains a good film though.

As with all Arrow Film releases, of which I am a solid fan, this one does what they do best. It offers the cleanest, sharpest and best looking rendition of the film with enough extras to keep fans entertained. Included in this release are: -Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) -Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing -Audio commentary with producer-screenwriter David Sheldon, moderated by critic Nathaniel Thompson -Sheldon: Baby - a brand new interview with David Sheldon -Pam Grier: The AIP Years - a look over the wonder years of the Blaxploitation queen with film historian Chris Poggiali -Trailer -Gallery featuring rare publicity images and Lobby Cards -Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips -Booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Patty Breen, webmaster of WilliamGirdler.com, illustrated with archive stills and posters

Fans of Grier and the genre will want to add this one to their collection to make it complete. If you've never exposed yourself to the genre then Grier's film are a good way to start. Perhaps one day the genre will make a comeback. Until then we have Arrow providing the best offerings of the past.

Reviewed by gavin6942 6 / 10

Pam Grier Bids Farewell to Blaxploitation

A Chicago private detective (Pam Grier) returns back home to Louisville, Kentucky, to help her father fight mobsters.

This film was the pet project of director William Girdler, who had already made "Three on a Meathook" (1972) but had yet to make his better known films, "Grizzly" (1976), "Day of the Animals" (1977) and "The Manitou" (1978). During filming, Girdler was only 28... and he would end up dying in a helicopter crash at age 30. (One assumes that had he lived, he would have been a major force in the 1980s.)

Writer David Sheldon was given the task of writing a script for Pam Grier that was less edgy than the movies Jack Hill had been making. He wrote "Honor" almost literally overnight, which was transformed into "Sheba, baby" by the PR department, and Sheldon was also put on as a producer. This was a huge promotion for Sheldon, who had been at AIP as Larry Gordon's assistant (and later "director of development", which essentially means script reader).

For me, the blaxploitation subgenre is an interesting one -- did people dress like this? Now, I did not live through the 1970s nor did I grow up in a big city. But I feel like the "pimp" clothes and similar styles were more likely created in the movies and adopted in real life than the other way around. What is especially interesting is that most of the people involved in the subgenre were white... so this was very much how the black community was perceived rather than how it actually was.

One exception to this in "Sheba" might be the character of "Killer", played by Maurice Downs. Downs was a gangster and heroin dealer in real life, and somehow got mixed up with Sheldon and Girdler. He was also in their follow-up, "Project: Kill" and helped produce it. Tragically (but not surprisingly), he was shot to death outside a restaurant a few years later in true gangster fashion.

"Sheba, Baby" was a major hit in theaters, even though it is often cited as one of Pam Grier's weaker vehicles when compared to her similarly themed action films "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown" (both made by Jack Hill for AIP). This is fair, and it certainly lacks any iconic moments that really burn into a viewer's mind.

Despite this being a second or third tier film, it remains an important part of Grier's career, as well as Girdler's career, and there seems to always be a new generation of fans searching out every last AIP picture. Arrow Video has wisely picked this one up and given it the star treatment.

The Arrow disc has not one, but two audio commentaries. One with writer-producer David Sheldon, which offers incredible insight on AIP, Pam Grier and even legendary director Jack Hill. Heck, some of his detours are more interesting than his recollections of "Sheba", such as how he clarifies that "Grizzly" was not technically a "Jaws" ripoff because "Jaws" had not been released at that point. Heck, even Sheldon's involvement in "Last House on the Left" is discussed!!

We also have an in-depth retrospective on Pam Grier's time at AIP. Did you know that Grier was working as a switchboard operator before being discovered by Roger Corman and Jack Hill? Amazing!

This is an absolutely MUST-OWN disc for any fan of AIP.

Reviewed by gridoon 5 / 10


Pam Grier is as lean, cool and tough as ever in this film (in fact, she's arguably tougher here than in "Foxy Brown"), but the plot is overly familiar ("Return of the Dragon", anyone?) and the flick is poorly edited in just about all the crucial spots (fight and action sequences). This one is mostly for Grier fans, who'll have an OK time. The "PG" rating is questionable, considering a few quite graphic and bloody scenes. (**)

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