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Chain Gang Women (1971)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  20 May 1972 (Japan)
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A murderer escapes from a chain gang, forcing his co-inmate to go along. The latter's girlfriend helps, but gets raped by the aggressive prisoner. The desperate duo next invades the home of an older farmer and his teen-aged wife.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Stearns ...
Robert Lott ...
Barbara Mills ...
Linda York ...
Ralph Campbell ...
Wes Bishop ...
William B. Martin ...
Bruce Kimball ...
Fat Sam (as Bruce Kemp)
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Chuck Wells ...
Duke Wilmoth ...
E. 'Red' Schryver ...
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A murderer escapes from a chain gang, forcing his co-inmate to go along. The latter's girlfriend helps, but gets raped by the aggressive prisoner. The desperate duo next invades the home of an older farmer and his teen-aged wife.

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Chained like animals - treated like trash - even the filth and sweat couldn't stop their primitive cravings! See more »


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Written by Porter Jordan
Sung by Bob Duncan
Angeltown Music Company, Central Songs, Publishers, BMI
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Misleading pap
25 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In typical Grindhouse style, Chain Gang Women uses a suggestive title to mislead audiences into thinking they are in for 90 minutes of sweaty, sassy women smashing rocks and taking showers together. What we get instead, is two women, who only make their appearance 40 minutes in, and while they bare their flesh for all to see as per drive-in rules, they sadly wield no machine guns and lack anything resembling the charisma of a, say, Pam Grier. This is a Women in Prison (WiP) movie with no women in prison, and spends most of the time being a lame convicts-on-the-run story.

Harris (Robert Lott) has six months to go on his stint for possessing marijuana when he is moved to a chain gang and linked up to burly murderer Weed (Michael Stearns). When one of the other prisoners knocks out the prison guard with his pick-axe, the prisoners flee on foot. We see via montage the gang being gradually wound up/killed, while Harris and Weed reach the safety of Harris's wife Ann (Linda York). While Harris is out getting Weed some clothes, Weed rapes Ann, and the two hit the road again reaching the farm of an old farmer and his sexy young wife (Barbara Mills). Turned on by the prospect of danger, and leaving her dull life with the cruel old man, she takes off with the two criminals.

If all this sounds incredibly dull and methodical, well it's because it is. I would forgive the blatant lie of the title if the film managed to be interesting in its own right, but director Lee Frost has so few ideas as to how to progress the film, that is becomes reduced to a series of repetitive shots of prisoners working and fist fights, and then later a series of bland exchanges and car chases. A least they made a bit of an effort with Porter Jordan's score, as although I wouldn't exactly put it onto my iPod, it's not half bad by grindhouse standards (which is usually some twangy disco score played over and over throughout the movie).

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