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The Big Bird Cage (1972)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | July 1972 (USA)
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Grier and Haig are thieving mercenaries who engineer a prison break from the outside.

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Jack Hill

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pam Grier ... Blossom
Anitra Ford ... Terry
Candice Roman Candice Roman ... Carla
Teda Bracci Teda Bracci ... Bull Jones
Carol Speed ... Mickie
Karen McKevic Karen McKevic ... Karen
Sid Haig ... Django
Marissa Delgado ... Rina
Vic Diaz ... Rocco
Andres Centenera ... Warden Zappa (as Andy Centenera)
Rizza Rizza ... Lin Tsiang
Subas Herrero ... Moreno
Wendy Green ... Gertie
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Storyline

Terry, a social-climbing young woman accidentally gets caught up in the activities of two revolutionaries, Blossom and Django, and finds herself in a concentration camp for women. In the center of the camp is a towering wooden machine ("The Big Bird Cage") in which the women risk their lives processing sugar as the evil warden looks on. The prisoners are subjected to sadistic cruelty from the guards and fellow prisoners, and all attempts at escape are dealt with...permanently. Terry's only hope for escape lies in Blossom and her revolutionary allies. Written by Jonathan Ruskin <JonRuskin@aol.com>

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Men who are only half men and women who are more than all woman! See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

Philippines | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Women's Penitentiary II See more »

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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Hill decided to make this film a spoof in order to distinguish it from other entries in the women-in-prison genre. See more »

Goofs

When Blossom (Pam Grier) falls backward into the pig wallow, her left breast is exposed, but when the camera cuts away and then back to her, it's covered again. See more »

Quotes

Warden Zappa: No fornication of any kind with anyone ever.
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Alternate Versions

This film was passed by uncut, rated 18, in the UK by the BBFC in 2000. It was previously cut by 2 minutes 45 seconds and lost footage from the rape and beating of Terry, and the entire torture of Blossom. See more »

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Fairly amusing for a WiP flick...
21 June 2000 | by DrSatanSee all my reviews

I got a hold of this one mainly for the presence of Pam Grier. Needless to say, I was surprised at just how amusing this one was. Although it contains its share of exploitation elements, large sections of this film are really tongue-in-cheek and pretty damned funny actually. Sid Haig and Pam Grier are great as revolutionaires, and there are a sprinkling of decent character actors that round out the cast for a decent outing. The ending is chock full of early 70's combat sequences and wonderfully photographed burning buildings. Actually, I was also impressed by the director's good use of scenery; I hate to admit it, but the backdrop (jungle and mountains) were actually breathtaking in parts.


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