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Barbed Wire Dolls (1976)
"Frauengefängnis" (original title)

 |  Crime, Drama, Horror  |  1977 (USA)
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Women's prison tale, with Lina Romay as Maria who is jailed after killing her father, played by director Jess Franco, who tries to rape her. Lesbian wardens, torture, nudity, sex, insanity and conspiracy round out the formula.

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Maria da Guerra
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Carlos Costa (as Paul Müller)
Monica Swinn ...
The Wardress (as Monika Swinn)
Roger Darton ...
Milton Warren
Ronald Weiss ...
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Martine Stedil ...
Bertha Contrini
Eric Falk ...
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Peggy Markoff ...
Pompadour (as Peggy Markhoff)
Nathalie Mann
Denis Torre
Raymond Hardy ...
José (as Ray Hardy)
Beni Cardoso ...
Rosaria Cortina
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Women's prison tale, with Lina Romay as Maria who is jailed after killing her father, played by director Jess Franco, who tries to rape her. Lesbian wardens, torture, nudity, sex, insanity and conspiracy round out the formula.

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Paul Muller, the Swiss actor who played Carlos Costa, was dubbed by Gerd Duwner. See more »

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[Maria finds a dead mouse under the food on her plate]
Maria da Guerra: Ah! A mouse!
Guard: What's wrong?
Maria da Guerra: I found a mouse here on my plate. Look at it!
Guard: So what? It adds protein to your diet.
[Guard pushes Maria's face onto the plate]
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Barbed Wire Dolls
13 October 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Barbed Wire Dolls (1975)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

A young woman (Lina Romay) is sent to prison after accidentally killing her father (Franco himself) who was trying to rape her. Inside the prison she must deal with an evil warden (Monica Swinn), a mixed up doctor (Paul Muller) and all sorts of sexually hungry lesbians. As far as WIP (Women in Prison) films go then this is without question the best one I've seen as it has no limits to the amount of trash it will go to whether it be violence, torture, nudity or sexual abuse. The film never takes itself overly serious and instead is just a good time if you can stand this type of thing. Romay has the perfect look for the good girl and really delivers on that level. Her sexuality certainly shine through as does the rest of the girls. I've said quite often that no one knows how to film women better than Franco and his camera is constantly looking over all the beautiful women and picking up everything he can. Swinn is also in good form as the lesbian warden who love to torture and rape. Franco keeps the action moving through the rather short 80-minute running time, which is a great thing as the film never slows down or gets boring. All of the women makes for good characters to root for and all he bad guys are great villains including the Governor who gets his kick watching his assistant do the women. The highlight of the film however belongs to a flashback sequence where we see Romay kill her father being played by Franco. This scene, shot in slow motion, is just so incredibly silly that you can't help but laugh out loud.


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