Grier and Haig are thieving mercenaries who engineer a prison break from the outside.


Jack Hill


Jack Hill





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


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.

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Lashed to a terrible machine that maims tender young bodies and cripples innocent young minds. See more »


Action | Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


Film debut of Candice Roman. See more »


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 »


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 »


Featured in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

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Amazing Fun
15 April 2007 | by whattowatchSee all my reviews

In the 70s, a popular exploitation sub genre known as women in prison produced low budget schlock after low budget schlock. Somewhere in the shuffle, there were a few enjoyable gems. Pam Grier (The L Word, Jackie Brown) seems to have a lock on these, as her "Women in Cages," "The Big Doll House," "The Arena," and this one, "The Big Bird Cage" all seem to be the most fun. I'm sure Roger Corman is to thank for these hilarious movies as well.

There really isn't much to the plot. A bunch of broads are in a prison and used as slave labor. They are trying to get out. They have some in fighting and it usually involves mud. The guards are gay stereotypes. Pam Grier doesn't take any crap. Sound like your cup of tea?

If you go into this movie expecting "The Godfather," you may not enjoy it, but if you are looking for an enjoyable flick to catch, this is the one. Pam Grier and Sid Haig(The Devil's Rejects) steal the show here, as their over the top performances anchor the rest of the mostly there to exploit, but serviceable cast. If you like your women in prison exploitation films to be more bouncy fun and less disturbing torture, I highly recommend you start here. If only they still made flicks like this.

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21 June 1972 (USA) See more »

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