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15 November 1973 (West Germany) See more »
White skin on the black market! See more »
American women prisoners in a foreign country. Sex and action. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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)
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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
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Bamboo Doll House" - USA (poster title)
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81 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 »
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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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A classic example of a 1970's women-in-prison film., 6 July 1999
Author: anonymous from Florida, USA

There have been a lot of movies with the theme of beautiful women being locked in prison and abused by the warden. This film is a classic example of that theme.

Pam Grier, the black movie queen of 1970's "B" movies, is the sadistic warden of a women's prison in a foreign country. Two of the prisoners attract her attention - a hot-blooded redhead, and the prison-informant blonde. The redhead is in prison on charges of murdering her husband. I can't remember why the blonde is in prison, but then that doesn't really matter in the film anyway. Let's just say that the redhead and the blonde don't get along, and the warden utilizes her own distinct form of justice when they get into a fight.

The redhead is taken into the warden's "play room", stripped naked (we only see the upper half), has her arms pulled up over her head and is then locked into some boots, which are then slowly cranked apart to spread her legs wide. A brazier's flame covers her modesty for most of this scene, as the warden taunts her a bit and then pushes the brazier forward - "This is our version of the hotfoot!". Cut to a scene of the women working in the field as the redhead's screams echo through the prison walls.

Later on there's a prison riot and the blonde irks the warden. To punish her, the warden strips the blonde (this time a restraint strap covers the actress' modesty) and binds the prisoner to a wheel and spins her around. After a few rotations, the warden tries to taunt the blonde into submission, but instead of surrendering, the blonde spits into the warden's face. In retaliation, the warden pulls out a trident and stabs the blonde as she's spun on the wheel some more.

Eventually the blonde and redhead team up and escape from the prison, and are pursued by the warden and her guards. The prisoners kill off the guards, capture the warden, and leave her tied to a tree as they flee to freedom.

The movie is worth seeing if you like women-in-prison films. Not much gore, and the only nude scenes are the ones described above, but what's there is worth a late-night or afternoon screening. People probably won't think of you as a cinematic genius, but what do you expect for a 1970's prison film?

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