Frightened 19-year-old Marie Allen gets sent to an Illinois penitentiary for being an accomplice in an armed robbery. A sympathetic prison head tries to help, but her efforts are subverted by cruel matron Evelyn Harper. Marie's harsh experiences turn her from doe-eyed innocent to hard-nosed con. Written by
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's Best Actress Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year. See more
When Marie Allen announces that her kitten has died, the cat opens its mouth. See more
You see kid, in this cage, you get tough or you get killed. Better wise up before it's too late.
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