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Jack Hill (written by)
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Release Date:
July 1972 (USA) See more »
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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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Fun for fans of the genre. 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)

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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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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Trivia:
Film debut of Candice Roman.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 Jackie Brown: How It Went Down (2002) (V)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Fun for fans of the genre., 19 May 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

Writer / director Jack Hill follows up his Women In Prison classic "The Big Doll House" with this savvy send-up of the genre. It's fast paced and consistently amusing entertainment with everybody in fine form, including Hill and his winning actor combo of Pam Grier and Sid Haig. It's appropriately trashy stuff as we get an eyeful of our attractive female cast members and get generous doses of sex and violence.

The stunning Anitra Ford ("Invasion of the Bee Girls") stars as Terry, a promiscuous young woman who's been with some important men. She gets caught up in a robbery staged by Blossom (Grier) and Django (Haig), and is assumed to be in on the whole thing and sent to prison - a typical prison for this sort of thing with sadistic guards and a maniacal warden (Andres Centenera) and a towering wooden structure (the "big bird cage" of the title) in which the prisoners are forced to risk their lives as they process sugar. Soon, however, Blossom and Django infiltrate the prison in an ambitious attempt to help the convicts break out.

This is highly enjoyable stuff, and the sense of humour helps make it go down very easily. The actors are a treat to watch, especially sassy and sexy Grier and the always entertaining Haig. The ladies playing the prisoners include Candice Roman as the tough talking Carla, Teda Bracci as comedy relief character "Bull" Jones, Carol Speed as the feisty Mickie, and Karen McKevic as the Amazonian fighter Karen. Lovers of Filipino cinema will also relish the appearance by Vic Diaz (a very familiar face in this sort of thing) as one of the guards.

Hill and his editors keep the movie moving along nicely, and building towards the inevitable big breakout sequence which is wonderfully rousing. Our hottie inmates are people we can root for while we also enjoy hating the villains. Along the way there's time for mud wrestling and some great laughs as Haig pretends to be gay in order to get close to the guards. The most ridiculous but riotous scene has McKevic smearing chicken fat over her naked body so she can slip past people in order to get her hands on Speed, who's been teasing her.

All in all, this is a real hoot of a movie, and a refreshing artifact from a time when filmmakers weren't about to worry about being politically correct. Highly recommended to anybody who loves Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Jack Hill, and Women In Prison pictures in general.

Eight out of 10.

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