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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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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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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 »
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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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Who were the participants in the lesbian scene cut from the final version??
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Dolls behind bars., 10 September 2006
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

New meat enters the big house, in the shape of Collier and she learns that it won't be an easy walk in the park. Grear, Alcott, Bodine, Harad and Ferina welcome her to the rough and tumble endurance of prison life and the importance of holding your own to stay alive. Be it, from your inmates or that of their sadistic prison warden named Miss Diestrich. Then there are two peddlers, Harry and Fred who play off the inmates to get what they want.

Roger Corman sent out exploitation director Jack Hill to the Banana republic (Philippines) with very little money, but on-hand he had a group of stunning women to work with. Though, to Corman's surprise, the end result was nothing but phenomenal, since it did extremely well with moviegoers. Its been done before, but this old hat Women-In-Prison concept for "Big Doll House" became revolutionary by giving it an ounce of fresh treatment (or maybe it was just great timing) that simply appealed to the drive-in audience to ensure the genre would erupt again.

Hill's film is quite watered-down for a WIP exploitation feature (compared to its European cousins), but there are enough nitty, gritty elements involving random drug abuse, sadistic torture, and sexual antics, pumping gunfights and wild cat fights in a very energetic pattern. Production-wise, it's very solid for a meagre budget with it drumming in with a saucy score (and also Pam Grier's tantalisingly, groovy title song) and workman-like camera-work that had a great eye to detail. The bang-up story mainly focuses on a group of well-rounded and strong willed, firebrands who are not easy pushovers. Where they're trying to keep their spirit, pride and dignity in tack. A nice dash of snappy humour is worked into the salty dialogues and fiery language. There are some silly aspects, but it does bust out surprises, spontaneous inventions and comic relief, thanks largely to the minor turn by the charismatic character actor Sid Haig. But it was the memorable Pam Grier's steamily, spruced performance that steals every frame. She was the full package and afterwards would go on to be a true Blaxploitation star. Although, the attractively biting Roberta Collins holds her own quite well and Judy Brown, Pat Woodell and Brooke Mills add to the unique, spicy ensemble. Kathryn Loder performance makes headway too, as the stern and lean prison warden. Director Jack Hill's hardened direction is extremely sturdy and he keeps a quick rapid throughout.

An American WIP exploitation flick that keeps it rather tasteful, but still highly entertaining b-grade material with a well-fitted cast.

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