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Jailbird Rock (1988)

R | | Musical | 14 July 1988 (USA)
A young dancer protecting her mother from her abusive stepfather is forced to shoot him. She is convicted and sent to prison. The inmates hatch an escape plan, part of which is to put on a musical show to cover the attempted breakout.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jessie Harris
Valerie Richards ...
Peggy (as Valerie Gene Richards)
Robin Cleaver ...
Echo
Rhonda Aldrich ...
Max
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Samantha
Annie Livingstone ...
Mouse
Debra Laws ...
Lisa
Erica Jordan ...
Judy
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Denny
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Warden Bauman (as Ron Lacey)
Victoria Lustig ...
Dr. Lunde
María Noel ...
Mary
Sebastián Larreta ...
Lamont
Perla Cristal ...
Jessie's Mother
Theodore McNabney ...
Stepfather (as Ted McNabney)
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A young dancer protecting her mother from her abusive stepfather is forced to shoot him. She is convicted and sent to prison. The inmates hatch an escape plan, part of which is to put on a musical show to cover the attempted breakout.

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Prison took away her freedom, but not her dreams. See more »

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Musical

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14 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Can't Shake the Beat  »

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Filmed in 1984/1985. See more »

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References Jailhouse Rock (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Gotta Move
Written by Rick Nowels, Charles A. Judge (as Charles Judge) and George Black
Sung by Debra Laws
Performed by World Without End
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Flashdance goes to prison.
22 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This women in prison film, clearly sold to SOMEBODY as "Flashdance goes to prison" is a midlly entertaining noodel that takes itself way 'too seriously. It's got the full round of women in prison Usual Suspects, including the nude shower/delousing scene, the body cavity search scene, the knife fight scene, the attempted lesbian rape scene/fight scene, the corrupt prison guard, the evil lesbian bitch prisoner that runs it all, etc., lacking only the jailhouse riot to round out the cliche roster.

Considering how by the numbers the movie is, and how silly the conceit is (dance as rehabilitation for hardcore prisoners) you'd think they'd have had more fun with it, but the movie is played kinda straight, which is its downfall. Plus the acting is generally so bad that the voices all sound dubbed even though they're not.

It's not exploitive enough to be a good exploitation flick, and not enough of anything else to be any other kind of flick. If it's on cable, might be tuning in if you have something else to do in the meantime.


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