17 user 22 critic

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)

Watch Now

With Prime Video



Learn more

More Like This 

Pets (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Naive, but brash and sultry teenage runaway Bonnie finds herself lost and adrift in America. The lovely young lass runs afoul of a colorful array of evil oddballs who all treat her like an ... See full summary »

Director: Raphael Nussbaum
Stars: Ed Bishop, Joan Blackman, Candice Rialson
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

It's every man and woman for himself on an island where convicted murderers are dumped, rather than kept in prison.

Director: Stephanie Rothman
Stars: Don Marshall, Phyllis Davis, Ena Hartman
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A corrupt General plans on smuggling one million US dollars out of the Banana Republic he dominates. Local revolutionaries plan on stealing the cash but are thwarted when a bandit leader ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Romero
Stars: Gloria Hendry, Cheri Caffaro, Rosanna Ortiz
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Five inmates break out of a remote minimum security prison for women. Four are hardened convicts, the fifth was wrongfully convicted. As the authorities chase them down, the cons terrorize or kill anyone who gets in their way.

Director: Stephen C. Apostolof
Stars: Jabie Abercrombe, Rene Bond, Tallie Cochrane
Hack-O-Lantern (Video 1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A kindly old grandfather is actually the leader of a murderous satanic cult which sacrifices its victims on Halloween.

Director: Jag Mundhra
Stars: Hy Pyke, Gregory Scott Cummins, Katina Garner
Malibu High (1979)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

When a high school senior is dumped by her boyfriend, her grades fall drastically...to avoid failing, she begins seducing her male teachers. Thus begins her downward spiral into drug ... See full summary »

Director: Irvin Berwick
Stars: Jill Lansing, Stuart Taylor, Katie Johnson
Pick-up (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Sexy hippie chicks Carol and Maureen get more than they bargained for when they hitch a ride with groovy hippie dude Chuck in his nifty mobile bus home. The trio get lost in the Florida ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Hirschenson
Stars: Jill Senter, Alan Long, Gini Eastwood
Amazon Jail (1982)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Women have been lured to Edgar's white slave market somewhere in the Amazon jungle of Brazil with promises of work. Edgar and his bisexual partner keep the girls in a corral and bring them ... See full summary »

Director: Oswaldo de Oliveira
Stars: Elizabeth Hartmann, Maurício do Valle, Sandra Graffi
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A photographer for a men's magazine is disturbed by a recurring dream he has that he is killing his models by various gruesome means. Then he discovers that his city is being terrorized by ... See full summary »

Director: William Byron Hillman
Stars: Michael Callan, Joanna Pettet, James Stacy
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along, they are chained together and extradited for safekeeping. The women, ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Romero
Stars: Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig
Chtoby vyzhit (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Vsevolod Plotkin
Stars: Vladimir Menshov, Aleksandr Rozenbaum, Sergey Veksler
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A teenage vigilante seeks revenge on a group of violent thugs who raped her handicapped sister and killed her best friend.

Directors: Danny Steinmann, Tom DeSimone
Stars: Linda Blair, John Vernon, Robert Dryer


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 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Action | Drama


R | See all certifications »






Release Date:

January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captive Women 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Costa Rica

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dimension Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


| (video)

Sound Mix:



Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Outtakes and unedited footage of Phyllis Davis's nude scenes were featured (without the actresses consent) in the direct to video Famous T & A (1982). 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.
See more »


Featured in Missing Reel: Women in Prison (2014) See more »


Sweet Sugar
Words and Music by Don Gere
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Too Basic and Tame for Its Genre
3 July 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Sweet Sugar (1972)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Sugar (Phyllis Davis) is a prostitute that plays by her own rules but she's set-up for a drug charge and sent to work in the fields cutting cane. She strikes up a friendship-rivalry with Simone (Ella Edwards) and it doesn't take long for them to realize Dr. John (Angus Duncan) is a sexual psychopath.

SWEET SUGAR is yet another exploitation film that takes place inside a prison and features a lot of beautiful women being abused by a lot of not-so-beautiful men and of course there's the wicked leader calling all of the shots. There were so many different WIP (women in prison) movies being made during this period that you really needed to have something that set your film apart from the others. When you look at the genre as a whole, it would get much more darker and more brutal when various European director's starting making films like BARBED WIRE DOLLS.

How does SWEET SUGAR stand up? Sadly, it's a pretty boring affair and unless you're a completest for the genre then you can just stay away from this. The biggest problem with this movie is that it wants to play the game of a WIP movie but there's no indication that the screenplay or direction knew what to do. On a technical level the film looks nice and it's better made than a lot in the genre but the biggest issue is that it's downright boring and this is never a good thing for an exploitation movie.

The screenplay offers up a checklist of things that you might find in a film like this but there's nothing entertaining about it. Everything on display here has been done better in movies made before this and after it so you're basically just watching a watered down version of something you've seen too many times. There's nothing erotic about the sex scenes. There's nothing overly graphic with the violence. Yeah, there's a couple lesbians kissing and there are some beautiful women naked but everything going on around them is just boring.

Director Michel Levesque directed WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS the year before and I wasn't overly fond of that film either. The movie is just way too boring for its own good and it just doesn't stand out in a crowded genre.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed