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Sweet Sugar (1972)

R | | Action, Drama | January 1973 (USA)
Prostitute Sugar is set up by a corrupt politician. She is convinced of the futility of appealing her case in the courts and signs on to a chain gang run by the notorious Dr. John who ... See full summary »


Michel Levesque


Don Spencer (screenplay), R.Z. Samuel (story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Davis ... Sugar
Ellaraino Ellaraino ... Simone (as Ella Edwards)
Timothy Brown ... Mojo
Pamela Collins Pamela Collins ... Dolores
Cliff Osmond ... Burgos
Angus Duncan ... Dr. John
Jacqueline Giroux ... Fara (as Jackie Giroux)
Darl Severns Darl Severns ... Carlos
Albert Cole ... Max
James Houghton ... Rick
James Whitworth ... Mario
Elvira Oropeza Elvira Oropeza
Ramón Coll Ramón Coll ... (as Ramon Coll)
Nicholas Baker Nicholas Baker
Juan Antillon Freer Juan Antillon Freer


Prostitute Sugar is set up by a corrupt politician. She is convinced of the futility of appealing her case in the courts and signs on to a chain gang run by the notorious Dr. John who performs cruel medical experiments on the people who work for him. Written by Eric Conrad <econrad@magnus.ohio-state.edu>

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Her Machete isn't her only weapon! See more »


Action | Drama


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Did You Know?


When asked about her nude scenes, Phylis Davis said "I was modeling in New York and making more money doing that, but I came out to test for another part and wound up with SWEET SUGAR. I had signed a 'no frontal nudity' agreement and when I got to Costa Rica, all of a sudden I had to go nude. So I called the union and said I refused, and they said I'd get sued. They weren't helpful at all, I always remember that. I had to hire a lawyer, myself, and I was only making scale starring in this film. He went down there, so I wouldn't have to do full-frontal nudity." See more »


Dr. John: [in a bubble bath] As you can see, I appreciate beauty. I like to surround myself with it.
[standing and washing off the soap]
Dr. John: I also know the secrets to undreamed of pleasures.
Sugar: You're a nice looking man, doctor,
[looking at him below the waist]
Sugar: well formed.
Dr. John: Ah!... You're a perceptive woman, Sugar. You must be aware why I asked you here.
Sugar: Oh, I had a hint.
Dr. John: No doubt a woman of your «capacity» can fully enjoy what I have to offer her.
Sugar: Thanks, but I'm not interested.
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Referenced in The Big Box: To the Devil a Daughter (2009) See more »


Sweet Sugar
Words and Music by Don Gere
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Formulaic WiP movie with some insane moments
22 August 2013 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

Following in the genre-setting footsteps of Jack Hill's The Big Doll House (1971), Sweet Sugar is a formulaic Women in Prison movie from Werewolves on Wheels (1971) director Michel Levesque. Busty prostitute Sugar (Phyllis Davis) is set up for marijuana possession by a corrupt politician, and is thrown into a Costa Rican prison. She is given the opportunity to be moved to the sugar plantation in exchange for a confession, where she meets the various feisty inmates, including Simone (Ella Edwards). Amongst the male guards, there is hustler Max (Albert Cole) who is trying to get his young friend Ric (James Houghton) laid, and the tyrannical and sadistic Burgos (Cliff Osmond), all overlooked by the creepy Dr. John (Angus Duncan). The girls' hopes are raised upon the arrival of voodoo priest Mojo (Timothy Brown), who uses his powers in black magic to help set them free.

If you're a fan of WiP movies, then Sweet Sugar, if anything, ticks all the boxes. We have shower scenes, boobs (naturally), topless flogging, ketchup-red blood, rapey guards, a filming location where filming is cheap, torture, a sassy black chick, and explosions. Where it stands out is in the sheer insanity of certain scenes, namely Angus Duncan's ridiculously over-the-top Dr. John, who performs orgasm torture experiments on his subjects, and some drugged angry cats. Duncan camps it up so ludicrously that the mundanity of the rest of the film becomes redundant enough to get some enjoyment out of it. Davis has the chesty charm of a Russ Meyer lead (and also starred in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)), but she's no Pam Grier, and the film's quirkiness soon wears thin, as it plods from one familiar scene to the next. It's not quite as dull as most WiP movies, but it's still a pretty bad film that offers nothing new to the genre.


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Costa Rica


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