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Red Heat (1985)

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An American woman visiting her fiancée in West Germany is caught up with a defecting spy and captured by those in the East. After brutal interrogation she is placed in a prison along with ... See full summary »

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William Ostrander ...
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Elisabeth Volkmann ...
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Kati Marothy ...
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Sissy Weiner ...
Uta
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Sonja Martin ...
Evelyn
Evelyn Engleder ...
Eva
John Brett ...
Roger
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An American woman visiting her fiancée in West Germany is caught up with a defecting spy and captured by those in the East. After brutal interrogation she is placed in a prison along with sadistic guards and in-mates. As she tries to survive in a world of deprivation and rape, her fiancée fights his own bureaucracy in an attempt to find her. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Explore the naked passions in this hot-house of Hell! See more »

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'Linda Blair' broke her leg while filming. She had to complete the film, including chase scenes in the sewers of Vienna, wearing a cast. See more »

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The GDR used white license plates, not black ones. See more »

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Sofia: Sofia looked after you. Sofia made you special. Nobody fucks with Sophia!
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Gritty prison flick behind the Iron Curtain fails to sizzle
10 February 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A few years before the Arnold S. / Jim Belushi team up action movie Red Heat, Linda Blair made yet another prison flick under that same title. As these exercises go it wasn't bad. The look of the picture is very Eastern Bloc - lots of dimly lit concrete corridors and depressing gray uniforms - and pretty realistic. The tone is one of grim Cold War authoritarianism. East Germany is made to look like just about the least welcoming place on earth, which it pretty much was. Plus, the script is a bit more literate, more realistic, less exploitative and more politically aware than what we usually get in one of these women-in- prison flicks. The resulting movie is a little better but a lot less fun to watch than the typical women-behind-bars (WBB) flick.

And honestly, just who exactly wants a more realistic, less exploitative WBB? Most of these movies are chock full of exploitative silliness and don't take themselves very seriously, which makes for a fun / campy viewing experience. Chained Heat, for instance, is objectively a pretty terrible movie but is a lot of fun to watch, mostly because it IS so exploitative and silly. Red Heat by comparison, is more convincingly realistic than Chained Heat, but also relentlessly grim and more than a little tedious as its unpleasant tourist-in-hell story line slowly works it way along.


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