The Concrete Jungle (1982)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller, Crime  |  3 September 1982 (USA)
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When her slimy boyfriend Danny (Peter Brown) uses his unsuspecting girlfriend Elizabeth (Tracy Bregman) to carry a stash of cocaine in her skis, she is nabbed by airport security. After a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warden Fletcher
Elizabeth (as Tracey Bregman)
Cat (as Barbara Luna)
June Barrett ...
Susan Mechsner ...
Niki Dantine ...
Shelly Meyers
Marcia Karr ...
Sally Julian ...
Kendal Kaldwell ...


When her slimy boyfriend Danny (Peter Brown) uses his unsuspecting girlfriend Elizabeth (Tracy Bregman) to carry a stash of cocaine in her skis, she is nabbed by airport security. After a speedy trial, she is sent to the Correctional Institution for Women in California. There she learns quickly that she must toughen up if she hopes to leave there in one piece. She also eventually finds that the warden (Jill St John) is not only cruel and unsympathetic, but in cahoots with an inmate Cat (Barbara Luna) the prison's Queen Bee, who is her partner in a prison drug and prostitution racket. When Elizabeth witnesses a murder committed by Cat and her henchwomen, she spurns her attentions and becomes her enemy. Meanwhile, Deputy Director Shelly Meyers (Nita Talbot), aware of the drug and prostitution business run by the warden and Cat, also suspects that Elizabeth has knowledge that could help her convict the villains, and she begins to press her for information. This does not bode well for ... Written by phillindholm

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...a true prison story! See more »


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3 September 1982 (USA)  »

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A Selva de Cimento  »

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Referenced in Video Violence 2 (1987) See more »


I'm on My Own
Written by Joseph Conlan and Tracey E. Bregman
Sung by Deborah Ludwig Davis
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Decent, well-acted female prison film
27 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this on HBO back in the mid-80's. I thought Tracey E Bregman (who apparently took a summer break from Young & Restless) was mostly believable as Elizabeth. I say 'mostly' because there were moments she is just too glamorous to be believable as the hard-luck prisoner. Barbara Luna is quite notable as QueenBee "Cat"; a role she was almost born to play. Jill St. John mostly skirted around her warden role, in which I gave a C+ rating, if that. The best performances, ironically, were the female prisoners, and Robert Miano (Stone).

I had been a young fan of U.K.'s 1970's series, 'Prisoner, Cell-Block-H'. While I don't compare this film to that series, some of the action bears reflection on surreal existence within actual prison life.

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