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Don Spencer (screenplay)
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Their bodies were caged, but not their desires. They would do anything for a man - or to him. See more »
Plot:
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. | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Judith Brown ... Collier (as Judy Brown)
Roberta Collins ... Alcott

Pam Grier ... Grear
Brooke Mills ... Harrad
Pat Woodell ... Bodine

Sid Haig ... Harry

Christiane Schmidtmer ... Miss Dietrich
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
Kathy McDaniel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jack Hill ... Bearded man in Jeep (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Hill 
 
Writing credits
Don Spencer (screenplay)

Produced by
John Ashley .... executive producer
Eddie Romero .... executive producer
Jane Schaffer .... producer
Roger Corman .... executive producer (uncredited)
Cirio H. Santiago .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Hall Daniels 
 
Cinematography by
Fred Conde 
 
Film Editing by
Cliff Fenneman 
 
Production Design by
Ben Otico 
 
Set Decoration by
Bobby Bautista 
 
Makeup Department
Tony Artieda .... makeup supervisor (as Antonio Artieda)
 
Production Management
Mario David .... production manager
Cenón González .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
María Abelardo .... assistant director (as Maria S. Abelardo)
 
Sound Department
Willie Arce .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Teofilo Hilario .... special effects (as Teofilo C. Hilario)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Felisa Salcedo .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Millie Paul .... supervising editor
 
Other crew
Ethel W. Fernandez .... script supervisor (as Ethel Fernancez)
 

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Also Known As:
"Women's Penitentiary III" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
USA:95 min
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Australia:MA | New Zealand:R18 | UK:18 | UK:R (original rating) | USA:R
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Pam Grier's first big acting role.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003)See more »
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Long-time WomanSee more »

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Who were the participants in the lesbian scene cut from the final version??
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic women in prison exploitation!, 21 July 2009
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

The Big Doll House was followed-up by The Big Bird Cage a year later. The two films do not follow on from each other; but are very similar in style and content. While this film is not quite as great as the later one; it's still an excellent women in prison flick. The film was shot in the Philippines and set in some backwater country; but we don't get the same great outdoor shots that we got in the later film, and most of this film takes place in the classic, dingy, prison setting. That, however, is not a problem; as a constant stream of sleaze and action will keep most viewers from worrying about where it's taking place. Naturally, the film takes place in a prison where most of the prisoners have little chance of release. A new girl enters the prison and is put in with a motley crew of female prisoners. It's not long before the conditions inside the jail force the girls into planning an escape; but not before various rivalries amongst themselves are sorted out.

This film is just great fun to watch, and that's what makes it so successful. The script is rather ridiculous; but there's plenty of laughs to be had with it too so it doesn't matter. The biggest names in the cast belong to Sid Haig and Pam Grier; although neither one of them is the star. As would be the case with the later film, Sid Haig provides the most memorable role; this time as a pervy bloke that goes round delivers various goodies to the female prisoners. Most of the rest of the cast are nice to look at, as is standard for films like this. The Big Doll House is a rather lighter affair than the women in prison films by the likes of Jess Franco et al; but it's all the better for it. There's plenty of action to keep the pulses racing, including various cat fights, arguments and gun fights. There's also a series of rather trippy torture scenes, which seem weirdly out of place in the film. The Big Doll House boils down to an explosive ending and overall I wouldn't hesitate to name this as one of the all time best women in prison films (although The Big Bird Cage is slightly better).

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