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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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Storyline

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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Boiling passions confined behind concrete walls 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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Budget:

$125,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,000,000 (USA)
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Kathryn Loder had to be hospitalized after becoming seriously ill during the shooting of this film. Loder slipped into a coma while being treated at the hospital and almost died. Fortunately, the doctors discovered that Loder had diabetes and gave her insulin treatment which enabled her to make a complete recovery. See more »

Quotes

Grear: You son of a bitch! This is for Bodine. You're rotten, Harry. You know why? 'Cos you're a man. All men are filthy. All they ever want to do is to get at you. For a long time I let them get at me. That's why I'm in this dump. But no more. You hear me? I'm not going to let a man's filthy hands touch me again.
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Long-time Woman
By Hall Daniels
Performed by Pam Grier
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Enjoyable chicks'n'chains movie.
18 November 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'The Big Doll House' may not be the first women in prison movie of the 1970s but it was one of the most influential, kicking off the short lived but legendary Made-in-the-Philippines-but-set-in-some-nameless-Banana-republic cycle. The tape I watched was part of "The Pam Grier Collection" but to say Grier is the STAR of this movie is an exaggeration. Judy Brown is the star and Roberta Collins is equally important as Grier. But Brown didn't do all that much after this, and Collins is only remembered by exploitation buffs (for 'Caged Heat', 'Death Race 200' and 'Eaten Alive'), while Grier became a blaxploitation icon. That's cool, but let's not fool ourselves here. As enjoyable as it is watching Pam in this one she really doesn't do all that much. Jack Hill regular Sid Haig ('Spider Baby') has some memorable and amusing schtick with her. He plays a horny guy who brings the female prisoners food and other treats for cash. Grier and Haig obviously made a great team, and Hill would exploit this in his even more enjoyable 'The Big Bird Cage', which isn't a sequel to this movie as many seem to think. 'Bird Cage' is the better movie, but 'Doll House' is still a pretty good movie that any fan of 1970s b-grade movies will get a kick out of.


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