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Jack Hill (written by)
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Release Date:
July 1972 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Women so hot with desire they melt the chains that enslave them! See more »
Plot:
Grier and Haig are thieving mercenaries who engineer a prison break from the outside. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Grier rules the roost; Haig ruffles some feathers; Ford flies the coop. See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Pam Grier ... Blossom
Anitra Ford ... Terry
Candice Roman ... Carla
Teda Bracci ... Bull Jones

Carol Speed ... Mickie
Karen McKevic ... Karen

Sid Haig ... Django
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Alvarez ... Revolutionary (uncredited)
Zenaida Amador ... Prison Camp Doctor (uncredited)
Roldan Aquino ... Revolutionary (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jack Hill 
 
Writing credits
Jack Hill (written by)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... executive producer
Cirio H. Santiago .... producer
Jane Schaffer .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Allen Castleman  (as William A. Castleman)
William Loose 
 
Cinematography by
Felipe Sacdalan (director of photography) (as Philip Sacdalan)
 
Film Editing by
Jere Huggins 
James Mitchell 
 
Art Direction by
Ben Otico 
 
Set Decoration by
Marshal Henry 
 
Makeup Department
Ray Solomon .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Carl B. Raymond .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sid Haig .... second unit director
Paul Maclang .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Willie Arce .... sound recordist (as Willy Arcy)
 
Special Effects by
Santos Hilario .... special effects (as Sam Hilary)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Narcissus Makalius .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Felisa Salcedo .... wardrobe (as Felice Sacedo)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Revolt of Prison Island" - Jamaica (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
88 min | USA:96 min (DVD)
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Color (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Jack Hill decided to make this film a spoof in order to distinguish it from other entries in the women-in-prison genre.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Chasey Loves Rocco (1996) (V)See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Grier rules the roost; Haig ruffles some feathers; Ford flies the coop., 30 November 2010
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

When it comes to Women In Prison movies, I usually want 'em to be as sleazy and as violent as possible, but director Jack Hill's WIP flicks look set to be an exception to this rule: The Big Bird Cage, his second foray in the genre (after The Big Doll House), is a gloriously camp exercise in trash cinema, occasionally tasteless but presented with such a goofy sense of humour that it proves to be far less offensive than many of its contemporaries and almost impossible not to enjoy.

Set in an unnamed 'banana republic' (but shot in the Philipines), the film opens with beautiful brunette social climber Terry (the belly-licious Anitra Ford), a close personal 'friend' (i.e., lover) of the president, being abducted by revolutionary Django (Sid Haig) during a daring robbery. To avoid capture by the law, Django resorts to leaping off a bridge, leaving poor Terry to be apprehended by the police, after which she is accused of being an accomplice in the crime; this presents the authorities with a convenient opportunity to rid themselves of Terry, a potential embarrassment for the government, by shipping her to a high security camp where unruly prisoners are forced to do dangerous work in a towering, wooden sugar mill—the 'Bird Cage' of the title.

Meanwhile, Django, his feisty woman Blossom (busty Blaxploitation queen Pam Grier) and their revolutionary pals continue to plan their political uprising. Concluding that their cause would benefit immensely from the recruitment of more gutsy females like Blossom, they put into motion a scheme that involves Blossom getting herself incarcerated in the same establishment as Terry, and Django going undercover as a camp guard (and I do mean 'camp'—all of the guards are homosexuals so as not to tempt the prisoners).

With his tongue firmly planted in cheek, director Hill delivers everything one might expect from such a set-up—umpteen cat-fights (some in mud), the lesbian inmate, a sadistic warden, the camp informant, the tragic deaths of several prisoners, and an eventual uprising—plus, of course, lots of lovely women wearing very short shorts (I like short shorts!) and ill-fitting garments that frequently expose their breasts. All these lovely ladies AND Sid Haig as a hot-blooded revolutionary who must pretend to be gay to save the day = an unmissable treat for WIP fans!

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