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Red Heat (1985)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  28 May 1985 (USA)
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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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Christine Carlson
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Hedda
William Ostrander ...
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Elisabeth Volkmann ...
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Werner
Barbara Spitz ...
Meg
Kati Marothy ...
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Lillian
Sissy Weiner ...
Uta
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Kurt
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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28 May 1985 (USA)  »

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Caliente al rojo vivo  »

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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: That's not shaving lotion. It smells like shit! And I don't like that smell. It offends me.
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Linda Blair and Sylvia Kristel in the same movie equals a good time for me.
3 February 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Decent entry into the Women In Prison genre finds Linda Blair, two years after "Chained Heat", back in the slammer in this politically loaded yarn. She plays Christine Carlson, an innocent college student visiting her fiancée, Mike (William Ostrander), an Army lieutenant stationed in Germany. After a fight with Mike, Christine finds herself in one of those "wrong place at the wrong time" scenarios by witnessing the abduction of Hedda (Sue Kiel), a spy who was trying to defect. The evil authorities force Christine to confess to espionage activities, and both she and Hedda are thrown in an East German prison. This particular place is ruled by alluring Sylvia "Emmanuelle" Kristel as Sofia, a top con who relishes her position in the pecking order - and relishes enforcing it. "Red Heat" is all just somber enough, trashy enough, and entertaining enough to make it an acceptable diversion. The requirements of the genre are satisfactorily met, with the standard display of delectable female nudity, lesbian couplings, harsh violence, and mean, sadistic villains that fans come to expect. Linda is appealing as always, and compelling to watch as we see her prison stay start changing her - not exactly for the better, of course. One can hardly blame her whenever she does snap. The sub plot of Mike doing everything he possibly can do - his career be damned - helps keep the movie moving along nicely, and the story leads right up to a respectably rousing climactic prison break. Beefy actor Ostrander, whom you may recognize as having played bully Buddy Repperton in the film version of "Christine", is good, as is Kiel, although Kristel remains the most fun to watch as she clearly enjoys playing the part of the bad girl. With the action enhanced by typically fine and atmospheric music by Tangerine Dream, and capable direction by Robert Collector, this movie is definitely good of its kind, with a palpably serious mood and a lack of camp. Overall, solidly done and worth a look. Seven out of 10.


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