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99 Women (1969)
"Der heiße Tod" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  23 April 1969 (USA)
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New inmate Marie arrives at an island prison in the women's sector and receives the number 99. The inmates are controlled by the sadistic lesbian warden Thelma Diaz and Governor Santos and ... See full summary »

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(German dialogue), (screenplay), 8 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
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Leonie Caroll
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Governor Santos
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Thelma Diaz
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Natalie Mendoza
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Marie (as Maria Rohn)
Rosalba Neri ...
Zoie
Elisa Montés ...
Helga (as Eliza Montes)
Valentina Godoy ...
Rosalie
José María Blanco ...
Doctor
Mike Brendel
Elsa Zabala
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ana Lucarella
Olívia Pineschi
Juan Antonio Riquelme
María Vico
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New inmate Marie arrives at an island prison in the women's sector and receives the number 99. The inmates are controlled by the sadistic lesbian warden Thelma Diaz and Governor Santos and submitted to torture, rape and lesbianism. When the Minister of Justice replaces Diaz by Leonie Caroll, Marie believes that her life will improve and her case will be reopened. However, Marie is disappointed with the new warden and decides to escape with two other inmates. But their runaway scheme fails and the three women are chased not only by the guards, but also by male prisoners that have not seen women for many years. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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99 WOMEN... behind bars -- without men! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Release Date:

23 April 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

99 Women  »

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ESP 12,654,873 (Spain)
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(video) (cut) | (banned)

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Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 53649 delivered on 10-4-1969. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Marie: Where are they taking us?
Helga: To the island, over there.
Helga: [to redhead] What's eating you? Looking forward to your holidays? Three years the judge said, didn't he? I know the medicine you need, and they don't stock it over there. Home sweet home for all three of us. The Spaniards built it and christened it, Castillo de la Muerte.
Natalie Mendoza: "Castle of Death".
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Referenced in From Manila with Love (2011) See more »

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The Day I Was Born
Lyrics by Audrey Nohra (uncredited)
Sung by Barbara McNair (uncredited)
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S10 Reviews: 99 Women (1969)
4 July 2005 | by (The Void) – See all my reviews

The newest batch of detainees arrives at a remote women's prison. The fortress-like prison is ruled with an iron hand by Thelma Diaz (Mercedes McCambridge), a woman who has no qualms against death or torture. But when a new state official takes notice of the body count coming out of the prison, Diaz must prove her ability and hide the truth. As the powers that be turn up the pressure it sets up a daring escape by several of the ladies.

"Women in prison" flicks can be a mixed bag. Many offer the usual softcore action (usually of the lesbian variety) and / or nasty torture sequences that often exploit. But "99 Women" doesn't really offer too much of either. "99" is actually more artistic than most of the "W.I.P." films that I've seen and as a result it comes off as a bit bland. The photography is fine but with most of the action taking place indoors the camera-work is not flashy. The acting is pretty decent but the script is a bit "talky" in an unnecessary way. The softcore action is not awfully titillating since many of the scenes are shot in an "artistic" fashion the X-rated version does offer some hardcore inserts but you can easily tell they were added much latter since they don't match. "99 Women" has some style but not a lot of substance. A bit disappointing.


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