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1975 (France) See more »
A small-time hood brings the attention of the law with an insurance scam and diamond theft, but things... See more » | Add synopsis »
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I can breathe a sigh of relief: I've now seen all of Franco's nasties. See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order)

Lina Romay ... Shirley Fields
Martine Stedil ... Martine (as Martine Steed)
Nathalie Chape
Roger Darton ... Milton Warren
Ronald Weiss ... Carlo de Bries
Denis Torre ... Jailer
Frieda Altstadt
Raymond Hardy ... Gangster Boss

Jesús Franco ... Bill (as Clifford Brown)
Joëlle Le Quément ... Cora (as Joëlle Le Quement)
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Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as A.M. Frank)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marius Lesoeur  (as Marius Lefrère)

Original Music by
Daniel White 
Cinematography by
Jesús Franco 
Film Editing by
Jesús Franco  (as Raymond Dubois)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Des diamants pour l'enfer" - France (original title)
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75 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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The film was one of 72 titles banned in the UK as a video nasty by the DPP.See more »
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References Gone with the Wind (1939)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
I can breathe a sigh of relief: I've now seen all of Franco's nasties., 9 January 2011
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

It's not at all surprising that, along with Lucio Fulci, Jess Franco has the honour of being the director with the most films on the official Video Nasty list: with virtually his entire filmography consisting of exploitative trash designed to either titillate or offend through explicit sex, torture and gore, his work was bound to be targeted during the Draconian days of Mary Whitehouse and James Ferman. What is surprising, though, is that given today's more relaxed attitude to sex and violence in film, Women Behind Bars still remains unavailable in the UK to this day.

Barring a couple of unconvincing scenes of torture (some laughable whipping and that old WIP classic, the electrodes on the genitalia), Women Behind Bars contains very little to get to get in lather about. It's chock full of full frontal female nudity of course (including Jess' trademark close-up crotch shots), and contains one lesbian tryst (between lovely Lina Romay and sexy blonde Martine Stedil), but with the director devoting more time and attention than usual to something vaguely resembling a plot, the general level of depravity is a few notches lower than your average Franco flick and nowhere near as shocking as one might expect given the film's notoriety.

This relative tameness, combined with Franco's usual lack of technical prowess (his direction and camera-work is wildly erratic; the action moves like an arthritic sloth on Xanax), atrocious dialogue and lousy acting, makes the film a real chore to get through. Maybe that's why it hasn't had a UK DVD release yet: nobody thinks it would be worth the effort.

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