Sweet Sugar

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“Sugar gets what she wants … when she wants it! Her machete isn’t her only weapon!”
Being a sarcastic prostitute named Sugar may not be the greatest gig on Earth, but when you’re also convicted of a crime you didn’t commit and sentenced to hard labor chopping down sugar cane with a large machete in the middle of the steamy jungle, it can be downright annoying! Such is the tale of Sweet Sugar, one of the earliest, and most wickedly absurd, “chicks in chains” flicks of the ‘70s, featuring everything from topless food fights and killer kitty cats to mad scientists and freaky voodoo rituals! High class call girl Sugar (played by the hilariously arch ‘70s sexpot Phyllis Davis, star of Russ Meyer’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls) has a body guaranteed to knock anyone’s shoes, socks and toe fungus off. But when she gets set up by a corrupt politician and falsely sent to a jungle prison work camp in a vicious third world country, she’s going to have to use both her body AND her brains to escape. Unfortunately, when she’s not whacking down sugar cane under the hot sun, the sweaty guards and even sweatier convicts in the co-ed camp make things even tougher on poor Sugar. But our plucky heroine has a secret plan, and not even the camp’s resident mad scientist (who enjoys bragging about his private parts while injecting the lady prisoners with rabies), or a sexy, muscle-bound voodoo priest named Mojo (played by football player-turned actor Timothy Brown, who later went on to star in Robert Altman’s Nashville) are gonna get in her way! Packed with tons of action, violence, humor and bare breasts, this is one of the most purely entertaining entries in the early ‘70s “women in the jungle” sweepstakes, featuring what has to rank as one of the most absurd scenes in movie history, involving a bamboo cage full of terrified female prisoners and a bunch of psychotic tabby cats. Sweet, indeed. (Dir. by Michael Levesque, 1972, 88 min., Rated R) Digital Presentation