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Girls in Prison


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  • Actors: Anne Heche, Ione Skye
  • Directors: John McNaughton
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, 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: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005M2AKLK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,514 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Anne Heche and Ione Skye heat up the big house in this cool and campy take on women-behind-bars movies. Aggie is a sweet young songstress having a hard time making it in the sleazy music biz—though it's not nearly as hard as the time she'll have to do for a murder she didn't commit. Yet even in the slammer, she's targeted by the same shady characters responsible for her fiendish frame-up. Featuring some of Hollywood's most memorable bad-girl performances—you're sure to get caught up as Aggie fights to be declared innocent before she's silenced forever.

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Why do people even bother making women-in-prison films when they don't understand what their audience is looking for? I mean, nobody REALLY wants to see the serious side of what goes on behind bars --- it's mostly dull and uninteresting, right? So when I rented this video, I expected the fun stuff --- the mean, bitchy guards and their cold, dykey warden, preying on their pretty little helpless female prisoners. This should include at least two or three shower scenes, and at least one nocturnal visit between barely clad cellmates! But this movie had NONE OF THIS! It was a poorly-scripted soap-opera, with a totally forgettable script. Note to director: Next time, stick to life on the outside!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Roberts VINE VOICE on October 29, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a women-in-prison movie with a slight twist in that it's a period movie. It takes place during the 1950s, during the height of McCarthyism. McCarthyism actually has an indirect role in the plot, in fact.

The story details 3 women who are given life sentences for murder. Two are guilty while 1 was framed (Missy Crider). Missy's character is a musician who has a song that just might be a "hit" (and it's actually a decent song, too!). Anne Heche plays a sort of sadistic femme fatale who is out to claim rights to the song.

While some of the plot elements are rather contrived, this movie still has more depth to it than most women-in-prison films. In fact, many times you don't even know what the women are locked up for! Not so in this flick. Whether more plot is good or bad in a WIP movie is something you need to decide for yourself.

There are two ubiquitous shower scenes, and that's all well & good. Those are the only scenes where we get the obligatory nudity that's always featured in WIP films. Anne Heche looks great minus her shirt, but we only get tantalizing angles of the stunning Missy Crider. That's too bad. Kudos to the writers for ensuring there were a few shower scenes, but they should not have underestimated their utility.

If you're into WIP films and / or the 1950s / McCarthyism, this movie might be up your alley. The McCarthyism angle actually has a resurgence in relevance these days with politicians being accused of having ties to terrorism. Sadly, more witch hunts may be on the horizon.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This little gem is so campy you have to love it. Anne Heche is very funny as the "queen of mean" and all the actors do a terrific job. It is a very funny spoof of all those serious women- behind-bars movies (not to mention one of the most popular Charlie's Angels episodes), but this one is made just for laughs and it works!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on December 31, 2011
Format: DVD
A slightly campy and cheesy made for Showtime movie that takes place in the 1950's when mostly white women went to prison. We initially see two women kill men and go to prison. One (Bahni Turpin as Melba) used a hammer on a right wing news caster, and the other (Ione Skye as Carol Madison) was able to kill a man with a single blow to the head with a beer bottle. A third girl (Melissa Lahlitah Crider as Aggie) who goes to prison. She was framed and while it is a mystery as to who framed her and why, it is easy to figure out due to the lack of multiple suspects and only one motive.

The film includes the token prison doctor's exam, shower scene, fire hose, lesbians kissing, cat fight/riot, noir detective, and a really bad script.

Shower nudity (Ann Heche plus others)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By One-Line Film Reviews on May 5, 2009
Format: DVD
The Bottom Line:

It's not good as a spoof, it's certainly not good on its own merits, it doesn't offer enough sleaze to be campy fun (like, say, Prison Heat) and above all else it's just kind of boring--stay away from Girls in Prison at all costs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Whiteman on December 28, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'm a fan of Anne Heche, but found this film weak and poorly done. Seemed to be a Roger Corman type film.
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By Kevin Gerrard on April 7, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
The storyline was awful, the acting was atrocious, and I have nothing good to say about this movie at all.
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