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The Big Doll House
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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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Enjoyable chicks'n'chains movie. 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)
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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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Additional Details

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:
Alcott:Hello, Fred.
Fred:Hi!
Alcott:You were looking at me through the window. Weren't you?
Fred:No, eh, yeah... I...
Alcott:Did you like what you saw?
Fred:Yeah, but I mean...
Alcott:Then why don't you take it?
[she brandishes a knife]
Alcott:Come on, lover boy, get to work.
[he tries to kiss her]
[...]
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Referenced in Jackie Brown (1997)See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable chicks'n'chains movie., 18 November 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'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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