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Chain Gang Women -- A shocking brutal story of two convicts, whose escape starts a trail of violence, rape and murder and whose women will forever feel the touch of their unleashed primitive cravings.


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Lee Frost (screenplay) and
Wes Bishop (screenplay)
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20 May 1972 (Japan) See more »
Chained like animals - treated like trash - even the filth and sweat couldn't stop their primitive cravings! See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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Michael Stearns ... Weed
Robert Lott ... Harris
Barbara Mills ... Wife
Linda York ... Ann
Ralph Campbell ... Farmer
Wes Bishop ... Coleman
William B. Martin ... Willy
Bruce Kimball ... Fat Sam (as Bruce Kemp)
Phil Hoover ... Gentry
Chuck Wells ... Jones
Duke Wilmoth ... Prisoner
E. 'Red' Schryver ... Larson (as 'Red' Schryver)
Colin Male ... Prisoner
Henry Fusco ... Prisoner
Jim Stemme ... Prisoner
James E. McLarty ... Police Officer (as James McLarty)
Charles Minsky ... Prisoner (as Chuck Minsky)
John Bliss ... Prison Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Whitworth ... Prisoner with Grayish Beard (uncredited)

Directed by
Lee Frost 
Writing credits
Lee Frost (screenplay and original story) and
Wes Bishop (screenplay and original story)

Produced by
Wes Bishop .... producer
Jeffrey Kruger .... executive producer (as Jeffrey S. Kruger)
Original Music by
Porter Jordan 
Cinematography by
Lee Frost 
Film Editing by
Lee Frost 
E. 'Red' Schryver  (as 'Red' Schryver)
Production Management
Donald Baker .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael T. Mikler .... assistant director (as Mike Mikler)
Camera and Electrical Department
Merrick Martin .... key grip
James E. McLarty .... assistant camera (as James McLarty)
Charles Minsky .... assistant camera (as Chuck Minsky)
Mike Paladin .... still photographer (as Mike Palladin)
Jim Stemme .... gaffer
Duke Wilmoth .... best boy
Music Department
Porter Jordan .... music producer
Porter Jordan .... music supervisor
Billy Sprague .... conductor
Billy Sprague .... music arranger
Other crew
Donna Anderson .... production secretary
Phyllis Di Rosa Frost .... script supervisor (as Phyllis Frost)
Henry Fusco .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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85 min
Sound Mix:
Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1974) | Singapore:M18 | UK:18 | USA:R

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Misleading pap, 25 August 2012
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

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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