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Jonathan Demme (written by)
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Release Date:
14 June 1975 (Japan) See more »
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Women's prison U.S.A. - Rape Riot and Revenge! White Hot Desires melting cold prison steel!
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A girl is caught in a drug bust and sent to the hoosegow. The iron-handed superintendent takes exception... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Juanita Brown ... Maggie
Roberta Collins ... Belle Tyson

Erica Gavin ... Jacqueline Wilson
Ella Reid ... Pandora
Cheryl Smith ... Lavelle (as Rainbeaux Smith)
Warren Miller ... Dr. Randolph

Barbara Steele ... Supt. McQueen
Crystin Sinclaire ... Crazy Alice (as Lynda Gold)
Mickey Fox ... Bernice
Toby Carr Rafelson ... Pinter (as Tobi Carr Refelson)
Ann Stockdale ... Bonnie

Irene Stokes ... Hazel
Cynthia Songé ... Rosemary (as Cynthia Songey)

Carmen Argenziano ... Undercover Wrestler

John Aprea ... Dream Man
Leslie Otis ... Station Mechanic
Mike Shack ... Jake
George Armitage ... Family Car Driver
Patrick Wright ... Cop at Gas Station
Joe Viola ... Sports Car Driver
Gary Littlejohn ... Cop at Bank
Hal Marshall ... Bank Guard
Carol Miller ... Carol
Cydoni Cale ... Cindy
Essie Hayes ... Essie
Layla Bias Galloway ... Shower Guard (as Layla Gallaway)
Dorothy Love ... Kitchen Matron

Rob Reece ... Mickey Mouse Robber (as Bob Reese)
Valley Hoffman ... Val
Amy Randall ... Amy
Keisha ... Unknown
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brent Armitage ... Family in Car (uncredited)
Sharon Armitage ... Family in Car (uncredited)
Amy Barrett ... Amy (uncredited)
Gene Borkan ... Unlikely (uncredited)
Stuart Brandt ... Donald Duck Robber (uncredited)

Julian Christopher ... Sharpshooter (uncredited)
Hugh Corcoran ... Sharpshooter (uncredited)
Desiree Cousteau ... Debbie (uncredited)
Bob Fontaine ... Sharpshooter (uncredited)
Tak Fujimoto ... Sex Emporium Patron (uncredited)

Gary Goetzman ... Sparky (uncredited)
Mike Gray ... Gate Guard (uncredited)
Donald Heitzer ... Arresting Narc (uncredited)
Cicely Johnston ... Cicely (uncredited)
Kathy Jordan ... New Prisoner (uncredited)
Ginna Martine ... Dream Guard (uncredited)
Susan Nelson ... New Prisoner (uncredited)
Jack O'Riley ... Sharpshooter (uncredited)
David O. ... Captain (uncredited)
Vi Oliphant ... Vi (uncredited)
Bruce Pearn ... Getaway Driver (uncredited)
Gwen Sawe ... Gwen (uncredited)
Carol Terry ... Kitchen Guard (uncredited)
Marsha K. Viola ... Liberated Prisoner (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
 
Writing credits
Jonathan Demme (written by)

Produced by
Samuel W. Gelfman .... producer (as S.W. Gelfman)
Evelyn Purcell .... producer
Roger Corman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Cale 
 
Cinematography by
Tak Fujimoto (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Johanna Demetrakas 
Michal Goldman 
Carolyn Hicks 
 
Casting by
Eddie London 
 
Art Direction by
Eric Thiermann 
 
Makeup Department
Rhavon .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Gary Goetzman .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Darryl Levine .... second assistant director
David Osterhout .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Wayne Cartwright .... assistant art director
Richard Fernau .... assistant art director
Mike Shack .... props and weapons
Bob Sheridan .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Curt Holzer III .... boom operator
Clara Noto .... additional sound editor
Alex Vanderkar .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Charles Spurgeon .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Terry Bowen .... assistant camera
Jim Morris .... gaffer
Jack O'Riley .... grip
Leslie Otis .... assistant camera
Bruce Pearn .... best boy (as Bruce Pern)
Brian Swain .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Paul .... wardrobe assistant
 
Transportation Department
Billy Davis .... transportation
 
Other crew
Donald Heitzer .... production coordinator
Lenna .... production assistant
Elizabeth Sullivan .... script girl
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Directorial Debut Of Jonathan Demme.See more »
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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Possibly the all-time ultimate WIP movie classic, 4 April 2003
Author: poomyatta from USA

Arguably the finest women in prison (WIP) film ever made, CAGED HEAT proves that even a trash exploitation film can aspire to decent artistic values. Jackie (Erica Gavin), an accomplice in a drug related crime, is sent to a southern penitentiary run by an oppressive, wheelchair-bound warden (Barbara Steele). Jackie's cell mate Lavelle (Cheryl Rainbeuax Smith) suffers from suicidal nightmares while another prisoner, Pandora (Ella Reid), is reprimanded for entertaining her fellow inmates with a mildly lewd vaudeville act and placed in solitary confinement. Her loyal friend Belle (Roberta Collins) begins sneaking through the ventilation ducts to bring her food from the kitchen until she's caught when she surprises an elderly staff member who abruptly dies of a heart attack. Meanwhile, the prison bully Maggie (Juanita Brown) picks a fight with Jackie and gets them both in hot water. Though the warden is a bit stern, the real threat turns out to be the demented prison doctor (Warren Miller). He subjects Jackie and Maggie to illegal electric shock therapy and prescribes a more permanent `cure' for Belle: corrective brain surgery, which he intends to perform with a Black and Decker power drill (!). Jackie and Maggie finally work out their differences and manage to escape in a highjacked prison truck. But Jackie can't bring herself to abandon Lavelle, Pandora, and especially the doomed Belle. With Maggie's help, she plans a daring prison break to rescue her friends.

Jonathan Demme's script provides believable characters and several imaginative dream sequences, and his direction is filled with impressive camera angles and novel wipes and dissolves. He even commissioned an appropriately down and dirty soundtrack from blues legend John Cale. Because of these frequent artistic flourishes, CAGED HEAT is one of the few WIP movies to win the respect of critics. In spite of the abundant exploitation and nudity, the film unexpectedly also won the approval of some feminist groups who praised its positive depiction of `Woman Power.'

A hugely appealing cast helps the movie immeasurably. Ms. Steele earned a reputation as the original `Scream Queen' with her edgy performances in horror classics like Mario Bava's BLACK SUNDAY and Roger Corman's THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (both 1961). She's cast largely against type here as the prudish warden, but a dream sequence in which she performs a raucous Vegas style dance number wearing glittering tights and sheer stockings reveals her character's repressed eroticism, a quality Steele projected in all her roles. Leading lady Ms. Gavin made her screen debut several years earlier in one of the first hardcore adult features, Russ Meyer's VIXEN! (1968), which was a gutsy career move in an era when many actors were arrested for performing sex acts on film, then still a punishable crime. The petite Ms. Smith enjoyed a busy career in exploitation films during the '70s and early '80s; she tragically died of hepatitis in 2002. But beautiful blue-eyed Ms. Collins, who had already appeared in two previous WIP movies (THE BIG DOLL HOUSE and WOMEN IN CAGES, both made in 1971), steals the show as the endearingly faithful Belle. The character takes considerable personal risk to help her friend Pandora and ultimately suffers for her effort. When we see her molested by the perverted doctor and learn that she's scheduled to become his next lobotomy victim, the news is genuinely shocking and upsetting, which nicely sets up Jackie and Maggie's race against the clock to save her. In other words, Belle ultimately becomes the emotional focus of the entire plot, and Ms. Collins handles the pivotal role with winning charisma and grace. She went on to appear in countless more cult B movies, including a fourth WIP film, VENDETTA (1986).

Demme of course went on to even bigger and better things, becoming one of the most successful directors of his generation. He won a Best Director Academy Award in 1991 for THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, which also won the Best Picture Oscar.

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