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

 -  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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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)  »

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99 Women  »

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

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(Eastmancolor)

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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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The Day I Was Born
Lyrics by Audrey Nohra (uncredited)
Sung by Barbara McNair (uncredited)
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Masterpiece of funny crap.
31 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Women in Prison, the soft core exploitation cut! Even by director Jesús Franco's inept standards this bottom feeds at the well of pointlessness. From the moment that we are introduced to the ladies of this penal island hell, in a whirl of bad dubbing, bad colour and camera techniques from the kinder garten, you know you are going to have to stick forks in your legs for alternative entertainment.

These lady cons are babes, they don't look like the fictional caged dolls of Prisoner Cell Block H, or real life monsters like Aileen Wuornos, on no! They have wandered in off of the pages of Penthouse and Playboy, or from one of my dreams when I was a horny teenager. I was half expecting Emmanuelle to make an appearance at some point, but Franco probably used all his budget on getting Herbert Lom, Mercedes Mccambridge and Maria Schell to star!

Yes, three quality thesps in this! Lom is resplendent in stubble and shifty shades, and with a sinister limp to accentuate his degenerate badness. McCambridge is some harpy bitch with a screw loose and a bad accent, she wants to be Eva to Herb's Adolf. Then poor Maria, wandering around lost, like someone slipped a Mickey Finn in her cuppa and she has no idea what film she is in. The three of them must have been so proud and had annual reunions to rejoice at what a fun time they had on the shoot.

The plot, basically, is girls in prison are abused and used by a sadistic regime that's meant to reform. There are cat-fights, some flesh, an escape that is used purely to introduce some blokes from the men's prison on the other side of the island, and of course rape, torture, lesbianism, desperation and some sand! All tastefully filmed...of course. Woeful film and woeful film making, but it still gave me one of the biggest laughs of the year, and that porn movie jazz is half decent! 2/10


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