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Nightmare in Badham County (1976)

Two UCLA coeds have engine trouble in a small Southern town. When they spurn the local sheriff's advances he arranges for them to be taken to the women's prison on trivial charges (the ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cathy Phillips
Diane Emery
Sheriff Danen
Dulcie (as Fionnuala Flanagan)
Supt. Dancer
Leslie Albers ...
Simpson Hemphill ...
Governor's aide
Annette Henley ...
White inmate #1
Tom Keith ...
Gas station attendant
John Malloy ...
Mr. Phillips
Thomas Hal Phillips ...
The Mayor (as Hal Thomas Phillips)


Two UCLA coeds have engine trouble in a small Southern town. When they spurn the local sheriff's advances he arranges for them to be taken to the women's prison on trivial charges (the judge is a cousin), where they must endure atrocities at the hands of the administrators of the prison and the prison guards. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Where Innocence Is A Punishable Crime


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5 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Nightmare  »

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This made-for-TV movie was released outside the USA in a more explicit version, proving to be an especially huge hit in China. The film's success in China was so substantial that star Deborah Raffin became the unofficial ambassador from Hollywood to China; she arranged meetings between Hollywood luminaries and Chinese leaders and filmmakers to get Chinese films distributed in America and American films released in China. Moreover, Raffin was nominated for an Emmy for her performance in the picture. See more »


Judge: My God man! Your either a Damn fool or a sex maniac! One of these days your going to make more trouble then I can get you out of.
Sheriff Danen: Now what are you getting all riled for? 30 days of sowing on the farm they'll be happy enough to leave town without making a sound. Besides they had it coming, Cousin.
Judge: Don't Cousin me you Jackass!
Sheriff Danen: Anything you say Cousin.
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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It's a nightmare all right...
1 September 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Women's prison films are a dime a dozen. Hollywood has been churning them out for years...and they continue to get made, proving there's a built-in audience for this low-brow genre, which inevitably includes catfights, rape behind bars, lesbian guards, women used for sex and that old standby, prisoner inspection time! Two mouthy-but-innocent college girls from UCLA, joyriding across America, get railroaded into a prison work farm in the south by a sadistic sheriff. TV-made potboiler (spiced up with nudity, an extra touch of sadism and clumsily dubbed-in foul language for its overseas release) benefits from a surprisingly decent cast, including Chuck Connors, Robert Reed, Tina Louise, Della Reese, as well as Deborah Raffin and Lynne Moody as the central twosome who eventually plot their escape after being pawed at endlessly. Raffin is especially good begging a frightened waitress for help, but this is ungainly, unpleasant material, exploitation at its most sleazy.

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