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B*A*P*S is a 1997 comedy film written by Troy Beyer, directed by Robert Townsend, and starring Halle Berry and Martin Landau.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobert Townsend
Produced byMark Burg, Jay Stern
Written byTroy Beyer
Music byStanley Clarke
CinematographyBill Dill
Edited byPatrick Kennedy
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
March 28, 1997
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$10,000,000[citation needed]
Box office$7,338,279[1]



Nisi (Halle Berry) and Mickey (Natalie Desselle) are waitresses in a soul food diner in Decatur, Georgia. Their dream is to open the world's first combination hair salon and soul food restaurant.

To accumulate start-up money, they audition for a music video in Los Angeles. Through an unusual turn of events, they end up assisting a Beverly Hills butler and caring for an aging millionaire, Mr. Blakemore, who welcomes them into his mansion. They become Black American Princesses (BAPs) "livin' large and takin' charge!" amongst the rich and famous.

They soon find themselves in the middle of a plot to milk the millionaire of his fortune. Realizing that they have acted no better than the plotters, they choose instead to become Mr. Blakemore's primary caregivers.

Blakemore eventually passes and his will grants half of his fortune to them.



The reception was overwhelmingly negative. On Rotten Tomatoes has a score of 16% based on 32 reviews.[2]

Roger Ebert gave the film a rare no-stars rating, calling it "jaw-droppingly bad."[3]


1998 Acapulco Black Film Festival


  1. ^ "B.A.P.S. (1997) - Box Office Mojo".
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  3. ^ Ebert, Roger. "B.A.P.S. Movie Review & Film Summary (1997)".

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