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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 »
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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. | Full synopsis »
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Reasonably well made and certainly never boring Women In Prison film See more (18 total) »

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
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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
 
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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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USA:95 min
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Australia:MA | New Zealand:R18 | UK:18 | UK:R (original rating) | USA:R
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A graphic lesbian scene was shot, but cut from the final finished version of the film.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 »
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Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003)See more »
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Long-time WomanSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Reasonably well made and certainly never boring Women In Prison film, 22 August 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

"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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