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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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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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The brutal saga of women in a no-man's land. 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

The titular sugar mill contraption was designed by Jack Hill's father. 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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You can't keep these birds caged!
3 September 2009 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Jack Hill is back again (a year after 'The Big Doll House'), to write and direct another low-budgeted drive-in Roger Corman produced women-in-prison joint in the tropics of the banana republic. This second run-of-the-mill dig is meaner, snappier, sweatier and is a lot more accomplished technical production, but I really do have a soft spot for rough-around-the-edges, but enjoyable 'Big Doll House' that sees me actually favour it over this particular effort… plus it had the feisty blonde buxom Roberta Collins! Nonetheless Hill competently engraves the prominent staples (even adding few new novel ideas) and patterns one hope for from its exploitative subject matter, which is handled in a brightly lit manner than truly beating it down with despair. Sleaze, violence, profanity and a whole lot of socking personality all rolled in one. There's no better to deliver it… a lively Pam Grier and charming Sid Haig come to the show with such an electric chemistry. When they go missing-in-action, you simply crave for them to appear again. Vic Diaz is delightfully amusing as camp gay prison guard and Anitra Ford adds brazen class, but seems to be struggling to keep a straight face. Saying that it seemed more comically daffy, as the script holds a cheeky edge amongst it harden dialogues. In the latter half it became insanely humorous and hysterical. Hill confidently executes it with a little more briskness and latitude, concentrating not only on the posing drama at hand, but detailing the exotically open locations with crisp photography work despite the limitations. The story can open up a notable can of worms, but it's in-your-face and well-rounded flavor made it hard not to simply enjoy.


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