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Red Heat (1985)

R | | Thriller | 28 May 1985 (USA)
An American woman visiting her fiancée in West Germany is caught up with a defecting spy and captured by those in the East. After brutal interrogation she is placed in a prison along with ... See full summary »


Robert Collector, Ernst Ritter von Theumer (uncredited)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Blair ... Christine Carlson
Sylvia Kristel ... Sofia
Sue Kiel Sue Kiel ... Hedda
William Ostrander ... Mike
Elisabeth Volkmann ... Einbeck
Albert Fortell ... Ernst
Herb Andress ... Werner
Barbara Spitz Barbara Spitz ... Meg
Kati Marothy Kati Marothy ... Barbara
Dagmar Schwarz Dagmar Schwarz ... Lillian
Sissy Weiner Sissy Weiner ... Uta
Norbert Blecha Norbert Blecha ... Kurt
Sonja Martin Sonja Martin ... Evelyn
Evelyn Engleder Evelyn Engleder ... Eva
John Brett John Brett ... Roger


An American woman visiting her fiancée in West Germany is caught up with a defecting spy and captured by those in the East. After brutal interrogation she is placed in a prison along with sadistic guards and in-mates. As she tries to survive in a world of deprivation and rape, her fiancée fights his own bureaucracy in an attempt to find her. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Only one film could top the intensity of CHAINED HEAT. This is it! See more »




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West Germany | Austria | USA



Release Date:

28 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caliente al rojo vivo See more »

Filming Locations:

Mafilm, Budapest, Hungary See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Linda Blair' broke her leg while filming. She had to complete the film, including chase scenes in the sewers of Vienna, wearing a cast. See more »


The GDR used white license plates, not black ones. See more »


Sofia: Sofia looked after you. Sofia made you special. Nobody fucks with Sophia!
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Trapped in Communist Prison facilities and not a Schwarzenegger in sight!
28 December 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Not to be confused with the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle with the same name, although released just a few years earlier and clearly featuring a couple of common themes, this "Red Heat" is actually a 'Women in Prison' exploitation movie starring Linda Blair (the amount of trashy B-movies she starred in during the eighties is nearly endless) and Sylvia Kristel; the one and only original starlet to depict the legendary soft-core film character Emmanuelle. The main reason why "Red Heat" isn't very popular or even commonly known among exploitation fanatics is probably because the script aspires to be overly ambitious and politically engaging. There's too much driveling about the Cold War and political conspiracies, instead of just focusing a little more on the obligatory "WiP" ingredients such as cat-fights, lesbian perversity and dark affairs ran from inside the prison walls. Don't get me wrong, "Red Heat" does feature all these elements, only in too small portions. That's why I think the comparisons between this one and "Chained Heat" (also starring Linda Blair) are completely unjust. I just watched "Chained Heat" as well and this movie is at least ten times more boring and less sleazy.

Blair stars as an America student who comes to pay her soldier boyfriend a visit in his stationary base in West-Germany, only to hear that he wishes to delay their marriage in favor of signing up for some extra years of service. Angry, confused and out for a nightly walk, Christine witness a political kidnapping and gets apprehended herself. Forced into confessing spying crimes she didn't obviously didn't commit, Christine is taken to an old-fashioned and secluded prison institution where contact with the civilized Western world is simply a distant dream. Sylvia Kristel – wearing a hideous red wig - stars as the bitchy inmate who's actually more in control of the prison than the head warden. Meanwhile, Christine's fiancée slowly attempts to set up a rescue mission with the help of his army buddies and some political volunteers. In all fairness, the film contains a handful of powerful sequences (like, for example, Christine's exhausting interrogation) as well as neatly atmospheric set pieces and steady direction by Robert Collector. Heck, come to think of it, "Red Heat" isn't even such a bad film. It's just too slow, talkative and wannabe informative and that simply isn't what the target audiences anticipate to see. Have no fear, though, as said there's plenty of other 80's trash featuring Linda Blair out there.

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