32 user 42 critic

Caged Heat (1974)

In a women's prison, a group of inmates band together to combat the repressive and abusive policies of the warden and the corrupt prison doctor.


Jonathan Demme


Jonathan Demme
1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Juanita Brown ... Maggie
Roberta Collins ... Belle Tyson
Erica Gavin Erica Gavin ... Jacqueline Wilson
Ella Reid Ella Reid ... Pandora
Cheryl Smith ... Lavelle (as Rainbeaux Smith)
Warren Miller Warren Miller ... Dr. Randolph
Barbara Steele ... Supt. McQueen
Crystin Sinclaire ... Crazy Alice (as Lynda Gold)
Mickey Fox ... Bernice
Toby Carr Rafelson Toby Carr Rafelson ... Pinter (as Tobi Carr Refelson)
Ann Stockdale Ann Stockdale ... Bonnie
Irene Stokes Irene Stokes ... Hazel
Cynthia Songé ... Rosemary (as Cynthia Songey)
Carmen Argenziano ... Undercover Wrestler
John Aprea ... Dream Man


A girl is caught in a drug bust and sent to the hoosegow. The iron-handed superintendent takes exception to a skit performed by the girls and takes punitive steps, aided by the sadistic doctor who is doing illegal electroshock experiments and raping drugged prisoners. After a while the prisoners put away their petty differences and plan the Big Prison Escape. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Women's prison U.S.A. - Rape Riot and Revenge! White Hot Desires melting cold prison steel!


Action | Comedy | Drama


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Shot in four weeks. See more »


A shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall behind Maggie and Crazy Alice as they talk outside the "wrestling" booth when they first meet. See more »


Supt. McQueen: That show of yours last night was positively disgusting. Given the chance to express yourselves you went straight to the gutter. Even for criminals you're just a particularly poor reflection on womanhood.
Pandora: The others seemed to dig it.
See more »


Referenced in Veronica Mars: Mars, Bars (2007) See more »

User Reviews

Rough, dirty, great!
3 March 2002 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

Unbelievable that a director like Jonathan Demme, responsible for clean and sober Hollywood stuff à la "Silence of the Lambs" or "Philadelphia", started his career in the sleazy world of the B-movies..! But next to his colleagues Brian de Palma and Martin Scorcese producer legend Roger Corman gave him the right kickstart! The film itself has all ingredients a good B-movie´s got to have, because "Caged Heat" is dirty, suspense-packed and happily far beyond the political correctness of Demme´s later films! Nudity, soft sex, violence... there´s nothing left out a decent exploitation movie should contain! Two appearances are absolutely shiny: the one comes from Erica Gavin, the unforgotten boob queen in Russ Meyer´s hilarious sleaze classic "Supervixen"! However, the even greater performance is given by the grand dame of horrors, Barbara Steele! Her part as a paralysed and prudish prison director is the main attraction in this rough WIP-flick! Director Jonathan Demme should have made more films like "Caged Heat"! Unfortunately Oscars became more important to him than honest movies...

8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 32 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

14 June 1975 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Caged Heat! See more »


Box Office


$180,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed