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Cage Without a Key (1975)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  14 March 1975 (USA)
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A high school girl who needs a ride accepts one from a boy she doesn't know. He then forces her to participate in a robbery, in which a clerk is killed. They are soon caught, and the girl, ... See full summary »

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Valerie Smith
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Tommy
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Buddy Goleta
Anne Bloom ...
Joleen
Karen Carlson ...
Betty Holian
Edith Diaz ...
Angel Perez
Susie Elene ...
Suzy Kurosawa (as Suesie Eléne)
Dawn Frame ...
Sarah
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Mrs. Little
Victoria Huxtable ...
Jamie (as Vicky Huxtable)
Karen Morrow ...
Mrs. Turner
Lani O'Grady ...
Noreen
Margaret Willock ...
Wanda Polsky
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Ben Holian
Ann D'Andrea ...
Mrs. Smith
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A high school girl who needs a ride accepts one from a boy she doesn't know. He then forces her to participate in a robbery, in which a clerk is killed. They are soon caught, and the girl, despite her protestations of innocence, is convicted of first-degree murder and sent to prison. Once she gets there, she finds out that her troubles are just beginning. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A bit predictable but nonetheless disturbing drama!
25 January 2003 | by (woodlyn,pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

"Cage without a Key" attempts to tell a rather worn-out,innocent-teenaged girl-behind bars story with a surprisingly effective disguise as a commentary on our nation's indifference towards it's troubled youth!Nonetheless "Cage without a key" reveals some heavy moments of genuine drama within it's shell of a story that we've all seen before!

The story concerns 17-year-old Valerie Smith.During her summer vacation she accepts a ride from a boy she barely knows and finds herself forced (at gunpoint) to participate in a botched robbery and charged as an accessory to a murder!Sent to the state reformatory for girls,young and naive Valerie is wrongly surrounded by the usual circle of tough lesbians,half-crazed druggies,warring gangs(called"families") and the panel of efficient and uncaring professionals who exclaim pride in their "school" and it's "rehabilitation" program!Of course young Valerie gradually becomes just like the others and even loses all hope of any eventual "release".But all in all,the movie is rather smoothly done!With some excellent and believable performances and scenery."Cage without a Key" does a good job of making us believe that we haven't seen it all before!


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