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Riot in a Women's Prison (1974)

Prigione di donne (original title)
Gorgeous young French tourist Martine gets arrested while on vacation in Italy. After being found guilty of a trumped-up drug possession charge, Martine finds herself incarcerated at a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martine Brochard ...
Martine Fresienne
Marilù Tolo ...
Susan
Erna Schurer ...
Gianna
Katia Christine ...
Grazia (as Katia Kristine)
Cristina Galbó ...
Young nun (as Christine Galbo)
Isabelle De Valvert ...
Isabelle
Aliza Adar ...
Inmate
Luciana Turina ...
Fat Nun
Maria Cumani Quasimodo ...
Ursula - the Mother Superior (as Maria Quasimodo Cumani)
Maria Pia Conte ...
Martine's Friend
Felicita Fanny ...
Inmate
Corrado Gaipa ...
Magistrate
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
(as Antonio Luigi Guerra)
Giovanna Mainardi ...
Prison Matron
Anna Melita ...
Stoned Hippie-girl
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Gorgeous young French tourist Martine gets arrested while on vacation in Italy. After being found guilty of a trumped-up drug possession charge, Martine finds herself incarcerated at a hellish women's penitentiary where the inmates are subjected to mental and physical torture by the staff and fellow felons alike. Things are compounded in severity when a riot breaks out in the prison. Written by Woodyanders

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A passable movie with great moments.
24 June 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It seems a shame to describe any Women In Prison picture as "tedious", but this Italian production just fails to be that interesting for its first half. It takes a while to get to any rioting that's going to be done. Fortunately, along the way there are choice scenes that lovers of cinematic trash will adore. They just have to wade through a lot of talk to get to them. This wouldn't be so bad if the movie weren't so horribly dubbed, though: the dialogue is pretty hard to make out at times (not that aficionados of this sort of thing would really care about dialogue).

Performances are mostly adequate in this tale of French tourist Martine Fresienne (Martine Brochard), vacationing in Italy, who just happens to be present when cops bust a bunch of hippies. As it happens, some drugs are planted on Martine, so she's busted with the rest of them and sent to prison - a typical enough prison for W.I.P. fare. Martine makes the acquaintance of Susan (Marilu Tolo), a loud, aggressive inmate who's the kind of person who makes things happen.

If you've read this far, you'll be pleased to know that the movie delivers what you could expect, including an extended shower scene. There's plenty of bare female flesh to admire, always extremely important for the genre. The highlights of the movie include an inmate pleasuring herself in the shower, Susan doing the same in the yard in order to tease a guard, the supreme embarrassment of a hot young nun (Cristina Galbo), the strip tease performed by Isabelle (Isabelle De Valvert), and a rather poetically done lesbian sex scene. With things like this going on, it's understandable that the viewers aren't going to care a whole lot about the story. The standout among the actresses is striking brunette Tolo, who comes complete with a particularly bad dubbing job.

Running a mere 81 minutes, this obviously pretty obscure movie has been resurrected on DVD by the grindhouse collection started by Charles Bands' Full Moon company. Completists will definitely want to give it a look.

Six out of 10.


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