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Caged Women (1982)

Violenza in un carcere femminile (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | April 1984 (USA)
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Emanuelle goes undercover into a prison to expose the corrupted officials who are brutalizing the inmates. Emanuelle is shocked by the horrors and humiliation the prisoners are subjected to... See full summary »


Bruno Mattei (as Vincent Dawn)


Ambrogio Molteni (screenplay) (as Palmambrogio Molteni), Claudio Fragasso (screenplay) (as Oliver Lefait) | 1 more credit »



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Ursula Flores Ursula Flores ... Consuelo
Antonella Giacomini Antonella Giacomini ... Malone
Franco Caracciolo ... Leander
Françoise Perrot Françoise Perrot ... Hertha
Lorraine De Selle ... Head Warden
Jacques Stany Jacques Stany ... Chief Inspector
Leila Durante Leila Durante ... Pilar (as Leila Ducci)
Franca Stoppi ... Rescaut
Raul Cabrera Raul Cabrera ... Miguel


Emanuelle goes undercover into a prison to expose the corrupted officials who are brutalizing the inmates. Emanuelle is shocked by the horrors and humiliation the prisoners are subjected to, but when her true identity is discovered, she finds herself at the receiving end. Written by Jonathan Ruskin <JonRuskin@aol.com>

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April 1984 (USA) See more »

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Caged Women See more »

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1.85 : 1
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When ' Emanuelle' = Laura (Gemser) is interrogated on arrival by the prison head, to 'encourage' proper respectful responses, the head warder- guard standing at her side jabs Gemser in her side three times with her truncheon stick: even though on slo-mo you can see it bend just slightly (so rubber prop?) Gemser's instant / pained reactions indicate that this actress's assaults weren't entirely pulled. See more »

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27 January 2003 | by HOTFOOTJACKSONSee all my reviews

After the sordid delights of 'SS Camp 5 - Womans' Hell' and the bleakly disturbing 'Womans' Camp 119', Bruno Mattei says farewell Nazis and, plumps instead, for a bunch of jailbirds for his next 'women incarcerated' chunk of sleaze.

It is unfortunate I didn't have a copy of 'Blade Violent' to compare this with, this film used the same cast,same sets and virtually same plot. A plus point is that I can review this purely on single merit. On a whole this is a fairly average entry in the Women In Prison genre, featuring three scream queens Gemser, Stoppi and De Selle taking the main roles. Unfortunately these stalwarts of sin cannot save this movie from being a little mundane. The movie tells the tale of our intrepid reporter Emanuelle (Gemser)undercover in a female penitentiary as an inmate. Her task is to report on the corruptive and inhumane practices within the prison/penal system. Eventually we are thrust into the unsavoury W.I.P world where beatings are regularly brandished out by deadpan officers with bad hair, sapphic shennanigans are occurring regularly by the suitably looking 'rough' females and there is of course the obligatory humiliation, mental and physical.

I am unsure whether it is because this is Matteis' first stab at the W.I.P genre (though SS films can't be all that dissimilar surely ?) but I feel the whole movie is rather a tame effort. There a few nasty surprises that borderline on the humourous such as the 'poo punch-up' and a very novel way of bell ringing. The rape sequence, although voyeuristically unsettling to begin with, you gradually find yourself amused as two inmates play pass the parcel with a scantily clad virgin most of this sequence and you wonder in disbelief whether this will end or not.

The direction is well achieved as Mattei uses commendable editing, although the sets are basic, there is still an oppressive decay to the whole affair. Most of Matteis genre films 'Zombie Creeping Flesh','Rats;Night Of Terror','Womens Camp 119' seem to have this vein of industrial atrophy, clinical but chemical and it is this polluted environment that always is the backdrop to some of Matteis' movies making them seem 'nasty'.

Despite sniggering at the dialogue, cringing at the effects and laughing at the dire continuity you always sense a stagnancy that sets the tone from the first frame and lingers throughout until the very last credit. I appreciate Mattei as a director for his grim 'simplicity' and his matter of fact 'I-made-the-films-because-thats-where-the-money-was' attitude. I often think Mattei could've moved onto bigger things but on occasions has been incorrectly underrated.

Buy this to add to the Emanuelle collection, The Mattei collection or WIP Collection that may grace the living room shelf.


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