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Lady in a Cage (1964)

 -  Drama | Horror | Thriller  -  8 July 1964 (USA)
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The lady is Mrs. Hilyard, a wealthy poetess who lives in a three-story city mansion and her cage is her elevator, which stops a dozen feet short of the main floor due to an electrical ... See full summary »

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The lady is Mrs. Hilyard, a wealthy poetess who lives in a three-story city mansion and her cage is her elevator, which stops a dozen feet short of the main floor due to an electrical failure on a July 4th weekend. She rings her outside alarm, eventually noticed by a drunken derelict, who breaks into the house, ignores her plight and helps himself to various items and alcohol. He leaves with his loot but returns a while later with a plump prostitute and three teenage hoodlums, who proceed to terrorize Mrs. Hilyard as they wreck her home. Written by alfiehitchie

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James Caan modeled his performance in the film after Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »

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Early in movie, a defective power cable leading to house causes some electrical appliances to lose power, but not other - -for example, a fan shuts off but not lights or elevator. In a private residence of this size with one wire supplying electricity to entire home, there would be either power to all appliances, or none at all. See more »

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Mrs. Hilyard: [slowly realizing] Oh, dear Lord... I am... a monster!
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A terrific, edge-of-your seat thriller with excellent performances.
24 February 2001 | by (cincinnati, ohio) – See all my reviews

Released back in the mid-'60's, this sadly overlooked thriller was way ahead of its time and foreshadows the senseless violence that exists in our society today. Olivia de Havilland gives a stunning performance as a partially crippled woman who becomes trapped in her private elevator during a power failure. Meanwhile, three vicious thugs(led by James Caan in his film debut) ransack her house and contemplate murdering a hustler(Ann Sothern) and a wino(Jeff Corey) who are unwittingly along for the ride. It's a gripping, chillingly realistic tale, with first-rate performances by the superb cast. Not only did James Caan make his debut with this film, but LADY IN A CAGE also marked the return of the great Ann Sothern who had been absent from the big screen for ten years to star in the popular TV shows "Private Secretary" and "The Ann Sothern Show".


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