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Barbed Wire Dolls (1976)

Frauengefängnis (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 1977 (USA)
Women's prison tale, with Lina Romay as Maria who is jailed after killing her father, played by director Jess Franco, who tries to rape her. Lesbian wardens, torture, nudity, sex, insanity and conspiracy round out the formula.

Director:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)

Writers:

Jesús Franco, Connie Grau (script) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lina Romay ... Maria
Paul Muller ... Carlos Costa (as Paul Müller)
Monica Swinn ... The Wardress (as Monika Swinn)
Roger Darton Roger Darton ... Milton
Ronald Weiss Ronald Weiss ... The Warden
Martine Stedil ... Bertha
Eric Falk ... Nestor / Guard
Peggy Markoff ... Pompadour (as Peggy Markhoff)
Beni Cardoso Beni Cardoso ... Rosaria
Raymond Hardy Raymond Hardy ... José (as Ray Hardy)
Nathalie Mann Nathalie Mann
Denis Torre Denis Torre
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Storyline

A prison in an isolated island is run by spineless and equally sadistic Dr. Carlos Costaa. In fact, he is a killer who murdered the actual doctor of that name, whose name he then assumed. Assisting him is a monocled lesbian woman known only as The Wardress who regulates the prison with an iron fist - for example, via chaining them naked to a wall just out of reach of food, or placing them naked on a wire-frame bed where they receive electric shocks. She reads Nazi volumes such as Albert Speer's history of the Third Reich as leisure reading. Due to these torturing several prisoners in the past have died. The current authorities in charge of the prison have concealed this by claiming these prisoners died of heart failure. Maria is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her sexually abusive father. Upon her arrival at the prison, she meets this cold-blooded, sadistic wardress and Dr. Costa. Some time later Maria organizes a plan to rebel and escape. Written by lament

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Unfolds with a Brutal Fury..! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barbed Wire Dolls See more »

Filming Locations:

Honduras

Company Credits

Production Co:

Elite Film See more »
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Runtime:

| (cut) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Muller, the Swiss actor who played Carlos Costa, was dubbed by Gerd Duwner. See more »

Quotes

[Maria finds a dead mouse under the food on her plate]
Maria da Guerra: Ah! A mouse!
Guard: What's wrong?
Maria da Guerra: I found a mouse here on my plate. Look at it!
Guard: So what? It adds protein to your diet.
[Guard pushes Maria's face onto the plate]
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Alternate Versions

The film was rejected for cinema (as "Caged Women") by the BBFC in 1976 and then passed with heavy cuts under the same title the following year. The 2004 Anchor Bay DVD release (as "Barbed Wire Dolls") was cut by 41 secs to remove shots of explicit sexual penetration. See more »

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To all you fellow sick minds of the world: you will like this movie.
6 April 2004 | by tonopah6See all my reviews

A sick mind, or a million dollars . . . Which is better? Currently I only have the sick mind: and this movie feeds that fairly well! The version I saw was 81 minutes instead of the 90 minute full length film: but still, I would have to inform you to NOT use the comment from, Quebec, Canada. Because, the lack of 9 minutes probably would not have deleted scenes of any loot from a robbery, or some insurance whatever, or information about a woman in prison for killing her lover: none of those statements was correct from what I saw. There was a prisoner who killed her father, and one who killed her brother. But . . . You'll have to watch to find out what really took place about one of those killings. And let me tell you about the female warden, Monica Swinn; she may not have been as sexy as Brigitte Nielsen's portrayal of a warden, but Monica still had appeal, and did very well with being a mean bitch. The eyepiece she wears is a good touch, too, along with the Nazi book she reads. And though her voice was dubbed, that voice was well chosen. The warden loves seeing nude prisoners get mistreated; and when you see the nudity, you're seeing a film much better then your average soft-core movie. You will also see a great looking old prison; or it's a castle by the sea? And finally, you'll see the jungle area between the prison and the sea where an escape takes place. But . . . the ending is not your typical Hollywood bullsh*t.


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