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Women of Devil's Island (1962)

Le prigioniere dell'isola del diavolo (original title)
Female prisoners are shipped to Devil's Island penal colony. They are indoctrinated into the prison life from abusive guards and then a new prison governor arrives with planned reforms.

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Domenico Paolella
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Complete credited cast:
Guy Madison ... Henri Vallière
Michèle Mercier ... Martine Foucher
Federica Ranchi Federica Ranchi ... Jeanette (as Frederika Ranchi)
Marisa Belli Marisa Belli ... Melina
Paul Muller ... Lefèvre
Tullio Altamura Tullio Altamura ... Dubois
Antonella Della Porta Antonella Della Porta ... Louise
Carlo Hintermann Carlo Hintermann ... Capt. Duval
Gisella Arden ... Maeva
Fernando Piazza Fernando Piazza ... Michael
Roldano Lupi Roldano Lupi
Margaret Rose Keil ... Rosy
Claudine Damon Claudine Damon ... Pauline
Vera Besusso Vera Besusso ... Francoise
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Female prisoners are shipped to Devil's Island penal colony. They are indoctrinated into the prison life from abusive guards and then a new prison governor arrives with planned reforms.

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 August 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Women of Devil's Island See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Guy Madison's voice was dubbed by another actor in the English language version. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Of historical interest mostly
6 January 2007 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Dismal production values ruin a tale that, in some ways, was ahead of its time (several of the women know how to handle a gun, for example). The plot concerns female prisoners on the remote Devil's Island, who work all day under exhausting conditions to collect gold for the French government, and if they want to "rest" one day they have to visit the guards' rooms the previous night, if you know what I mean. One day a new warden arrives and takes over command of the prison, and his No 1 priority is to ensure the humane and respectful treatment of the prisoners. But could he have a secret agenda of his own? And is that black guy whose boat crashes on the island really a fisherman? I would like to give this film a higher rating than * out of 4, but I can't: the cinematography alone is among the worst I've ever encountered - everything appears to be seen through an awful orange filter. Ultimately, "Women of Devil's Island" is more of historical (as one of the earliest women-in-prison flicks) than of artistic interest.


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