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STANLEY BAKER & CLAUDIA CARDINALE IN 'THE BUTTERFLY AFFAIR'

Title: POPSY POP aka THE BUTTERFLY AFFAIR Year: 1971 Rating: ***

When PAPILLON author Henri Charrière shares a long passionate kiss with Italian bombshell Claudia Cardinale, you not only know why he wrote POPSY POP aka THE BUTTERFLY AFFAIR aka THE 21 CARAT SNATCH, but why he cast himself in the part of an old rogue being kissed by the much-younger cult starlet...

He gets screwed as well, as in screwed-over by Cardinale as POPSY POP, who saunters into an extremely poor diamond-mining village in Venezuela: A uniquely ragged, dilapidated third-world location that's far more interesting than a rushed heist plot involving a helicopter vanishing with the diamonds and the girl...

Stanley Baker in POPSY POP aka THE BUTTERFLY AFFAIR

Who had also befriended British import Stanley Baker as a cop named Silva, so he's supposedly a local and on the side of the otherwise violent, torturing miners/revolutionaries, who make bandits in Spaghetti Westerns — which this is a cheaper jungle-set version of — seem wimpy by comparison...

But we're not here very long, cutting to the chase with Baker and Charrière traveling through more tropical areas to find Cardinale, who unfortunately connects with an annoying (and distracting) millionaire in what's more a visualized script treatment (sharing similarities to Charrière's obscure PAPILLON sequel BANCO) than a realized heist flick.

Stanley Baker in POPSY POP aka THE BUTTERFLY AFFAIR
Claudia Cardinale in POPSY POP with Stanley Baker
Claudia Cardinale in POPSY POP
Claudia Cardinale in POPSY POP
Claudia Cardinale in POPSY POP with Henri Charrière
Stanley Baker in POPSY POP aka THE BUTTERFLY AFFAIR
Stanley Baker in POPSY POP aka THE BUTTERFLY AFFAIR
Stanley Baker in POPSY POP aka THE BUTTERFLY AFFAIR
Stanley Baker in POPSY POP aka THE BUTTERFLY AFFAIR
Stanley Baker in POPSY POP with Henri Charrière
Stanley Baker in POPSY POP aka THE BUTTERFLY AFFAIR
Stanley Baker in POPSY POP with Henri Charrière
Stanley Baker in POPSY POP with Henri Charrière
Claudia Cardinale in POPSY POP
Jean Herman directs POPSY POP
Stanley Baker in POPSY POP aka THE BUTTERFLY AFFAIR
Villain Georges Aminel in POPSY POP with Henri Charrière
Claudia Cardinale in POPSY POP
Claudia Cardinale in POPSY POP
Stanley Baker in POPSY POP aka THE BUTTERFLY AFFAIR
Poster art from POPSY POP aka THE BUTTERFLY AFFAIR

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