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Caged Heat (1974)

Juanita Brown , Erica Gavin , Jonathan Demme  |  R |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Juanita Brown, Erica Gavin, Roberta Collins, Ella Reid, Cheryl Smith
  • Directors: Jonathan Demme
  • Writers: Jonathan Demme
  • Producers: Evelyn Purcell, Roger Corman, Samuel W. Gelfman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Caged Heat" on IMDb

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The greatest women-in-prison film ever made, Caged Heat takes the traditional sex-and-violence formula of gorgeous babes behind bars, gratuitous nudity, and degradation at the hands of beastly guards and a corrupt system, and transforms it into reb

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME December 2, 1999
By "2r45"
Format:VHS Tape
This film is a classic. There are a lot of women in prison films out there, but this one takes the cake. Most films of this type do not contain any real substance aside from violence and nudity. However, not only does this movie have violence and nudity (lots of nudity)but it has real meaning. The story is about the power of friendship. All of the women in prison have done horrible things to get there, but now that they're in a situation where they are faced with extreme punishment they have to stick together in order to survive. It's a masterpiece! Own it....and if you really like it be sure to check out THE BIG BIRD CAGE.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to the last drop July 3, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Do you like women's prison movies? Do you like shower scenes of women's prison movies? This is your movie. Also, do you like completely nude solitary confinement scenes in women's prison movies? Then this has two scenes. Plot, women in prison, psycho prison doctor, women escape during farm labor, they break back in to release their friends, shower scenes... all natural torpedos.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Demme's First Directing Job April 29, 2005
This 1974 R-rated girls-in-prison movie is director Jonathan Demme's debut as a director and he is also credited as the writer. This is the same Demme that made many mainstream films, like 1991's Silence of the Lambs (for which he received the Best Director Oscar), and 1993's Philadelphia. The movie stars Erica Gavin (formerly an exotic dancer whose first film was the X-rated Vixen and whose last film she acted in was Caged Heat; she plays Jackie Wilson), Barbara Steele (Caged Heat marked the return of Steele after a five year absence; as Warden McQueen, though she is listed as Superintendent McQueen), Juanita Brown (as Maggie), Roberta Collins (as Belle), Ella Reid (as Pandora), Warren Miller (Doctor Randolph) and Rainbeaux Smith (as Lavelle). This movie is in the "Roger Corman Classics" product line. Corman's company distributed this film, though it did not finance it.

The DVD contains the movie, special features and preview attractions. The special features are an interview with Roger Corman, an "Original Trailer" of Caged Heat, and a "Cast and Crew" information section (three cast, the director, and Roger Corman). The "Preview Attractions" section contains trailers for "Candy Stripe Nurses," "Big Bad Mama II," "The Big Doll House," and "Crazy Mama."

The movie is about a prison in Conorville where a new-inmate (Erica Gavin as Jackie Wilson) joins an unruly prison population managed by wheel-chair bound Warden (or Superintendent) McQueen (Barbara Steele).

The movie opens with the main star of the show, Jackie Wilson, being arrested, tried and sentenced to prison (term of 10-40 years). Then the action moves to the prison just prior to Jackie's arrival. We see an attractive blonde inmate dreaming of her man coming by the prison and fondling her.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series anyway. January 16, 2003
Let's go easy and be fair: "Caged Heat" deserved its rank as the best of the women-in-prison series that marked the glory days of drive-in movies. Although Jonathan Demme's directorial debut was not a real success, it gave us a chance to enjoy the glamour of so many beautiful girls while showing their skin off and on did try their best to act as well: Erica Gavin (the famous vixen in "Vixen!"), Roberta Collins (Pam Grier's co-star in such previous WIP flicks as "Women In Cages", "The Big Bird Cage", "The Big Doll House"), Rainbeaux Smith (aka Cheryl Smith in "Slumber Party '57"), Juanita Brown (Pam Grier's co-star in "Foxy Brown") etc... What else can we ask for??? I'm glad to watch "Caged Heat" again, now on DVD so I can go to any "hot" chapter any time. Too bad "Vixen!" hasn't been released on DVD yet, but if you like this one I would recommend all the above mentioned WIP hits of the '70s. They aren't as good as "Caged Heat" but still worth checking out for their own flavors.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow June 29, 2000
By A Customer
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I was delighted to see more than one shower scene. All natural. Different body types. You will not be disappointed.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It delivers the goods despite a quirky pace. January 31, 2005
CAGED HEAT begins with the character of Wilson (Erica Gavin, BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS) being ambushed with two male cohorts in crime by three really stupid policemen. This of course leads to her incarceration in a women's prison where you are apparently allowed to wear the same dress in which you were arrested (this should serve as a lesson to guys not to wear a dress when committing a crime). Others characters in this prison include a strict, wheelchair bound warden (Barbara Steele) a sadistic yet laughable doctor, and a mouthy badgirl (Juanita Brown) among others. During her stay Wilson will strip, get in a fight, get shock treatment, shower, break out of prison, rob a bank, and, the unthinkable, break back into prison. CAGED HEAT begins well enough with a stark contrast in both the direction and level of humor. Unfortunately it loses both after about twenty minutes as it tries to develop a more serious side. When this transformation in story and direction takes place the pace of the movie slows. Although there is a logical progression of continuity in its domino effect storyline, it is at times disjointed making the pace and story erratic. CAGED HEAT is a low budget effort where its budget at times shows through like the seams in a leisure suit. It does have the bonus of a southern fried soundtrack and some good humor here and there which help to lift it when the pace does not. Despite its pace and disjointed story, it is still entertaining for its 79 minute runtime and delivers quite a bit of nudity and other fare we look for in 'women in prison' flicks.--Bob
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars what a waste of time
This was a complete waste of time. I don't know why I watched the whole thing when I could tell after the first five minutes that it was worthless!
Published 16 months ago by dhk
3.0 out of 5 stars semi-sorta lame
I was just looking for something to help put me to sleep one night and I figured this would do it and I was right, besides I figured there'd be boobs too, and I was right again!
Published 16 months ago by timbercamo1
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain DUMB
We spent ten minutes on the movie and it was terrible! Go rent a Nicolas 'Cage' movie, it will be a million times better.
Published 16 months ago by Jamie Cassara
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Bad
If you want to remember bad soft porn from your teen years this is it otherwise take a pass. This movie sucks.
Published 16 months ago by Stephen F. Potts
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous & waste of time.
Don't waste your time. I didn't watch this because I was curious to see how lame it was. I can't say anything more about it since I didn't finish
Published 16 months ago by Ronald
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated It!
This is supposed to be a cult classic but it felt more like somebody was trying to pull my fingernails out with a pair of pinching sheers.
Published 16 months ago by Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Caged Heat
It was a nice old T&A movie. The movie had good characters and a good plot and was well filmed in the jungle nice scenery
Published 17 months ago by Redneck22
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuk!
This is really old school! The quality of action and the picture is low grades. Didn't realize it was sooo old.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Just bad
Really bad film. I choose it accidentally and was honestly surprised at how truly bad it was. Watch it at your own risk.
Published 18 months ago by M. Lomax
1.0 out of 5 stars Pass on this one
I'm pretty sure this wasn't suppose to bee a comedy, but it was hilarious (read...stupid). All of us have heard of "B" movies, Delbert McClinton even wrote a song with that... Read more
Published 18 months ago by GTinTexas
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