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The Big Bird Cage (1972)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  July 1972 (USA)
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Grier and Haig are thieving mercenaries who engineer a prison break from the outside.

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Anitra Ford ...
Terry
Candice Roman ...
Carla
Teda Bracci ...
Bull Jones
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Mickie
Karen McKevic ...
Karen
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Marissa Delgado ...
Rina
Vic Diaz ...
Rocco
Andres Centenera ...
Warden Zappa (as Andy Centenera)
Rizza ...
Lin Tsiang (as Rizza Fabian)
Subas Herrero ...
Moreno
Wendy Green ...
Gertie
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Terry, a social-climbing young woman accidentally gets caught up in the activities of two revolutionaries, Blossom and Django, and finds herself in a concentration camp for women. In the center of the camp is a towering wooden machine ("The Big Bird Cage") in which the women risk their lives processing sugar as the evil warden looks on. The prisoners are subjected to sadistic cruelty from the guards and fellow prisoners, and all attempts at escape are dealt with...permanently. Terry's only hope for escape lies in Blossom and her revolutionary allies. Written by Jonathan Ruskin <JonRuskin@aol.com>

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Women's Penitentiary II  »

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The titular sugar mill contraption was designed by Jack Hill's father. See more »

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When Blossom (Pam Grier) falls backward into the pig wallow, her left breast is exposed, but when the camera cuts away and then back to her, it's covered again. See more »

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Disappointing "sequel"
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First of all, I would like to say that I find Leonard Maltin's review of this film rather inaccurate. "Amusing SPOOF of prison films"? Calling "The Big Bird Cage" a spoof is like calling "Die Hard" a spoof of action films because it contains some wisecracks and comic-relief characters. That said, I found this film inferior to its predecessor in pretty much every aspect. It is more exploitative, the direction has no pace, the characters are not as strongly drawn and Roberta Collins is sorely missed (Candice Roman is a pretty blonde, but not as pretty as Roberta). Pam Grier's dominating presence (especially in the scene where she proclaims herself the leader of the prison camp) is not only the best, but one of the few things that this film has going for it. (**)


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