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Women in Cages
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Director:
Writers:
James H. Watkins (story) and
David Osterhout (story) ...
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Release Date:
15 November 1973 (West Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
White skin on the black market! See more »
Plot:
American women prisoners in a foreign country. Sex and action. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Judith Brown ... Sandy (as Judy Brown)
Roberta Collins ... Stoke
Jennifer Gan ... Jeff

Pam Grier ... Alabama
Bernard Bonnin ... Acosta (as Bernard Bodine)
Charlie Davao ... Rudy (as Charles Davis)
Johnny Long
Holly Anders
Dwight Howard
Roberta Swift
Paul Sawyer
Jeffrey Taylor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Cayari ... Lorca (uncredited)
Andres Centenera ... Dignitary (uncredited)
Marissa Delgado ... Juana (uncredited)
Paquito Diaz ... Jorge (uncredited)

Sofia Moran ... Theresa (uncredited)

Directed by
Gerardo de Leon  (as Gerry de Leon)
 
Writing credits
James H. Watkins (story) and
David Osterhout (story) (as David R. Osterhout)

James H. Watkins (screenplay) and
David Osterhout (screenplay) (as David R. Osterhout)

Produced by
Ben Balatbat .... producer
Roger Corman .... producer (uncredited)
Cirio H. Santiago .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Felipe Sacdalan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ben Barcelon 
 
Art Direction by
Ben Otico 
 
Makeup Department
Tony Artieda .... makeup artist
Rey Salamat .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Aurelio R. Navarro .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ruben Rustia .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Willie Arce .... sound recordist
Demetrio de Santos .... sound engineer
Tony Gosalvez .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Santos Hilario .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Johnny Araojo .... camera operator (as Johnny Araujo)
Edmundo Bautista .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Felisa Salcedo .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Tito Arevalo .... musical director
 
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Also Known As:
"Bamboo Doll House" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
81 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA | New Zealand:R16 | UK:R (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating, heavily cut) | UK:(Banned) (1971) | USA:R | West Germany:18
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The character Alabama in True Romance (1993) was named after Pam Grier's character in this film. In the original script, Clarence even mentions that the name sounds like a Pam Grier Character.See more »
Quotes:
Jeff:What kind of hell did you crawl out of?
Alabama:It was called Harlem, baby. I learned to survive, never have pity. This game is called survival. Let's see how well you can play it. I was strung-out behind smack at ten and worked in the streets when I was twelve. You've got a long way to go.
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Pam takes charge!, 29 November 2006
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Jeff is sent to a woman prison, after being caught carrying heroine that belonged to her crime figure boyfriend Rudy. He asks her to keep her mouth shut and would try his best to get her out, but unknowingly to her he has other plans. When she arrives at the prison to do her time, she must face a tyrant of a head warden, Alabama who has a thing against American woman and a sadistic torture chamber of the dark ages called "the playpen" for certain troublemakers.

We all know the formula by now for cheap drive-in WIP features, I take it? Wrongly accused woman. Hard labourers work in the fields. Out-of-control cat-fights. Mass showering. Suffering at the hands of the head warden. Harsh terrain surrounding the prison to make it hard to escape. A gusty prison break. And finally those corrupted individuals get their up and comings. So basically the heat is on in the banana republic.

"Woman In Cages" is another quick, cheaply done Corman production, but this time Jack Hill didn't hold the helm. Instead Gerry De Leon was in the director's chair and he brought to the table a real mean-spirited and quite gloomy Philippine WIP affair. His conventional direction might lack style and cracking energy, but it's balanced out by its intrusive grittiness. The story by James H. Watkins and David R. Osterhout is rather straightforward with little lead way in its same-old-same-old actions and plodding moments, but plenty of sour and quite outlandish moments do occur. The moral card of injustice that leaks its way in comes off as quite silly and lazy. While, there's some slight wit evident, it just seems to get derailed. It mainly concentrates on the unpleasantness and sleazy nature that's drilled in constantly. In the long run these scenes might be effectively crude, but personality does lose out to this rough shtick that really does dry up proceedings. The characters don't feel as dominating; say in "The Big Doll House". Some of the actresses of that film do turn up here. Pam Grier plays the nihilistic lesbian head prison guard with such venom, but this hard-boiled devil woman glow does take away from her energetic persona. The crackling stunner Roberta Collins is in fine form as the on edge drug addict and the gorgeously biting Judith M. Brown also appears. Jennifer Gan was decent in the lead role of the glassily clueless Jeff. Music director Tito Arevalo provides a smoking; on-the-ball soundtrack and Felipe Sacdalan's cinematography methods are unsparingly grounded.

Not one of the best of the sub-genre, but well worth a look for the fans for some glorified badass whipping in this mostly dour WIP outing.

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