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The Big Doll House (1971)

 -  Action | Drama  -  30 April 1971 (USA)
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Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until 5 of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of 2 male fruit vendors.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Brown ...
Collier (as Judy Brown)
Roberta Collins ...
Alcott
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Brooke Mills ...
Harrad
Pat Woodell ...
Bodine
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Harry
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Kathryn Loder ...
Lucian
Jerry Franks ...
Fred
Gina Stuart ...
Ferina
Jack Davis ...
Dr. Phillips
Letty Mirasol ...
Leyte
Shirley de las Alas ...
Guard
Myrna De Vera
Siony Cordona
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Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until 5 of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of 2 male fruit vendors.

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Naked lust that builds to a climax of death See more »

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Action | Drama

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30 April 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Women's Penitentiary III  »

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$125,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,000,000 (USA)
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Jack Hill added a dance scene for Brooke Mills to perform in the movie after he found out that Mills was an experienced ballet dancer. See more »

Quotes

Alcott: Hello, Fred.
Fred: Hi!
Alcott: You were looking at me through the window. Weren't you?
Fred: No, eh, yeah... I...
Alcott: Did you like what you saw?
Fred: Yeah, but I mean...
Alcott: Then why don't you take it?
[she brandishes a knife]
Alcott: Come on, lover boy, get to work.
[he tries to kiss her]
[...]
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Long-time Woman
By Hall Daniels
Performed by Pam Grier
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Reasonably well made and certainly never boring Women In Prison film
22 August 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"The Big Doll House" is the film thats, along with its follow-up (not exactly sequel) "The Big Bird Cage", mainly kicked off the whole Women In Prison exploitation subgenre. The surprising thing is that its not nearly as exploitive as other entries in the genre. Sure, there's the obligatory shower sequences and sadistic guards and wardens, but the female prisoners are shown in a genuinely positive light with lots of determination and smarts. I'm not saying its some kind of feminist masterpiece, but its more politically correct than most entries. Jack Hill was always one of the most intelligent drive-in filmmakers. His direction is skilled and keeps everything moving at a quick and exciting pace.

The acting all around is quite accomplished for a b-movie as well. As the heroines, Roberta Collins and Judy Brown create compelling and sympathetic tough girls who are easy to root for. Pam Grier is in this, but shes merely given a supporting role. Her real breakthrough to super-stardom came with the blaxploitation classic "Coffy" two years later (also directed by Hill). Sid Haig and Christiane Schmidtmer both offer good sleazy support. As the sympathetic and reform minded doctor, Jack Davis offers the dullest portrayal in the film, but hes really not an important role. "The Big Doll House" is one of the most important exploitation films of the decade if far from the best. Its still enjoyable to watch nowadays. (6/10)


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