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The Big Doll House -- Violent sex drama of young women in prison struggling against their sadistic warden. One of the most influential of the women-in-prison films.  In HD.
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Their bodies were caged, but not their desires. They would do anything for a man - or to him. See more »
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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  (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 ... Guard
Siony Cordona ... Guard
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 (director of photography)
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)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Women's Penitentiary III" - USA (video title)
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USA:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | New Zealand:R18 | UK:18 | UK:R (original rating) | USA:R
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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 »
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 »
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Referenced in Jackie Brown: How It Went Down (2002) (V)See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The Definitive Women in Prison Movie, 30 August 2013
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until five of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of two male fruit vendors.

I have to say this film is an exploitation movie, and therefore has some aspects that many people might find objectionable -- gratuitous nudity, sexual assault and some scenes of torture. This is not just a fun film to watch with your kids.

That being said, director Jack Hill makes the most of the exploitation genre and does it in a stylish, colorful way that sets this movie apart from the scores of others in the same category. And he utilizes Sid Haig well, in a way that no other director ever has. Thanks for introducing Pam Grier to the world, too.

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