Super Bitch / Si può essere più bastardi dell'ispettore Cliff? (1973)

4.0 out of 5

Recently Britain's long running soap opera Coronation Street had a guest starring role for Stephanie Beacham as a Jezebel on a barge who manages to seduce the longest serving and most boring character Ken Barlow played by William Roache. In Mafia Junction aka Super Bitch Stephanie is again on a barge but this time as a hostage of a gun totting gangster grandmother named Mama The Turk who has a musical entourage that sing her praises to the accompaniment of Flamenco guitar. Mama is a drugs smuggler and this is a film about drug smuggling.

Though never too serious Massimo Dallamano's goofy Super Bitch weaves an incredibly engaging story of blackmail and intrigue as this transnational crime movie skips from Athens to Turkey and then to London, Paris and eventually New York.

Since most of the action takes place in London there is a familiar British cast with Gareth Thomas of Blake's 7 fame, Michael Sheard who many in Britain would remember as Mr. Bronson in the post school children's drama Grange Hill and of course Patricia Hayes who plays Mama. The Eurocult end of things being represented by an excellent lead role for Ivan Rassimov and a pretty cool bad guy role for Luciano Catenacci.

Those who had the urge to see a young and often naked Stephanie Beacham on all fours in a scanty furry bunny costume munching on root vegetables need look no further as Mafia Junction is probably the sole entry into the conjugal cottontails with carrots and cops film genre.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics