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Lust for Freedom (1987)

R | | Drama, Thriller, Crime | July 1987 (USA)
A former female cop is framed by corrupt police, acting in collusion with the local judge, and has to fight her way out of the pen, alone, against tough inmates, and the people in charge.


Eric Louzil


Craig Kusaba (screenplay), Duke Howard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Coll ... Gillian Kaites
William J. Kulzer William J. Kulzer ... Sheriff Coale
Judi Trevor Judi Trevor ... Ms. Pusker
Howard Knight Howard Knight ... Warden Maxwell
Elizabeth Carlisle Elizabeth Carlisle ... Vicky
Dee Booher Dee Booher ... Big Eddie (as Dee 'Queen Kong' Booher)
John Tallman John Tallman ... Jud
Rob Rosen Rob Rosen ... Pete Andrews
Shea Porter Shea Porter ... Scruggs
Donna Lederer Donna Lederer ... Donna
Rick Crews Rick Crews ... J.T.
Elizabeth Carroll Elizabeth Carroll ... Sharon Clarke
Lor Stickel Lor Stickel ... Warren Clarke
Joan Tixei Joan Tixei ... Evelyn Clarke
Raymond Oceans Raymond Oceans ... Petey


A former female cop is framed by corrupt police, acting in collusion with the local judge, and has to fight her way out of the pen, alone, against tough inmates, and the people in charge.

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Sometimes a citizen has to take the law into HER own hands! See more »


Drama | Thriller | Crime


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Release Date:

July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Georgia County Lockup See more »

Filming Locations:

Ely, Nevada, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jud's van belonged to director Eric Louzil. See more »


In the last 5 minutes of the film, when Ms. Pusker and "Big Eddie" enter Gillian's holding cell with intent to kill, Gillian inexplicably pulls a Rambo knife and jumps "Big Eddie". The source of the knife is never revealed. See more »


Gillian Kaites: When I came to I was sopping wet and nauseous.
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Alternate Versions

The film was heavily cut for its 1987 UK video release with 5 minutes 34 seconds being removed from scenes of women fighting, the chalet 'snuff movie' scene, and a scene intercutting a lesbian sequence with a woman being assaulted. Most of the cuts were waived for the 2003 Hollywood DVD though 24 secs were cut to remove nudity during a rape scene. See more »


Lust for Freedom
Written by Steve Grimmett and Nick Bowcott
Performed by Grim Reaper
From the Album "Rock You to Hell" Available on RCA Records and Cassettes
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An entertaining W.I.P flick from Troma.
12 November 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

This Troma Women In Prison film ticks all of the genre boxes and then some. It takes a while to get going, kicking into gear at about the half-hour mark with the obligatory shower scene, after which it's non-stop trash and sleaze all the way, making it hugely entertaining for fans of exploitation cinema.

Melanie Coll stars as Gillian Kaites, a former undercover cop who is framed by a corrupt sheriff, finding herself thrown behind bars at a women's correctional facility where the warden and staff use the inmates for their own perverted pleasures and to line their pockets.

Here's a quick rundown of some of the delights on offer…

Catfights, including a no-holds-barred wrestling match to the death.

Full frontal nudity, most notably from '80s scream queen Michelle Bauer.

A flogging/lesbian sex/rape montage, set to a heavy rock song.

Seedy warden Maxwell (Howard Knight) making snuff movies.

Scar-faced psycho Indian Jud (John Tallman) forcing himself upon innocent inmate Sharon (Elizabeth Carroll).

Elderly white slaver Doc Bass (George Engelson) leering over 17-year-old hottie Holly (Terri Beck).

Jud killing a couple on the highway, setting fire to the man and forcing the woman to crash her car (which explodes).

A violent breakout in which Gillian blasts the deserving guards and warden with a machine gun (resulting in lots of blood!).

High art it most certainly isn't, but for those with a taste for the outrageous, Lust For Freedom is well worth tracking down. I rate it 7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.

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