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Cage Without a Key (1975)

A teenage girl's charismatic boyfriend frames her in a robbery and she finds herself convicted of first-degree murder.


Buzz Kulik


Joanna Lee


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Dey ... Valerie Smith
Jonelle Allen ... Tommy
Sam Bottoms ... Buddy Goleta
Anne Bloom Anne Bloom ... Joleen
Karen Carlson ... Betty Holian
Edith Diaz Edith Diaz ... Angel Perez
Susie Elene ... Suzy Kurosawa (as Suesie Eléne)
Dawn Frame Dawn Frame ... Sarah
Katherine Helmond ... Mrs. Little
Victoria Huxtable Victoria Huxtable ... Jamie (as Vicky Huxtable)
Karen Morrow ... Mrs. Turner
Lani O'Grady ... Noreen
Margaret Willock ... Wanda Polsky
Michael Brandon ... Ben Holian
Ann D'Andrea Ann D'Andrea ... Mrs. Smith


New high school graduate Valerie is on a road trip with a friend when the car breaks down. Buddy, a casual male friend of Valerie's companion pulls over and offers a ride to the girls. Valerie reluctantly decides to take Buddy up on his offer and goes with him while her friend rides with the tow truck driver back to town. Valerie gets very uncomfortable with Buddy's attempts to come on to her and wants him to let her out by the road. He convinces her to stay and drives to a liquor store. He forces Valerie inside after showing her a gun and robs the store, shooting 2 people and killing one. The police come and arrest Valerie and Buddy shortly after. Valerie is charged with murder and convicted despite testimony from her friend and her public defender's help. Sentenced to a tough reform school, Valerie must find a way to survive. Written by jacartist66

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The tortures of prison were a harsh and hideous reality. But for an innocent teenager, it was a long nightmare with no escape. See more »









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14 March 1975 (USA) See more »

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I kind of remember this movie
31 July 2003 | by ebbxSee all my reviews

I would like to see this movie again, but don't feel like buying it. Some interesting points of this film are the lesbian connections, and that is why I probably remember having a liking toward it. As a 35 yr. old male now, why not? At the time, I was just 7 yrs. old, and equate it to "Jenny-portrait of a teenage runaway" with Eve Plum from the Brady Bunch. Mybe I can find it at a good video store. Yesterday I went therem, and found out they carry "Trilogy of Terror". I hope I like this just as I did back in 1975.

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