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Big Doll House

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"BIG DOLL HOUSE was the second film for my new company New World Pictures and I wanted a sure hit. Hollywood had a long tradition of women-in-prison movies and no one had done one recently. While the script of BIG DOLL HOUSE was originally set in Los Angeles, I realized I could get a bigger-looking film for the same money in the Philippines. So I sent director Jack Hill there with a number of great-looking women, including Pam Grier, who left her job as a secretary. BIG DOLL HOUSE broke drive-in records and launched a new series of successful films for me." -- Roger Corman~~Pam Grier joins a group of sexy young female prisoners in their struggle against a sadistic warden. This shocking film is perhaps one of the most influential of all women-in-prison films!~

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  • Actors: Judith M. Brown, Roberta Collins, Pam Grier, Judith Brown, Brooke Mills
  • Directors: Jack Hill
  • Writers: Don Spencer
  • Producers: Cirio H. Santiago, Eddie Romero, Jane Schaffer, John Ashley, Roger Corman
  • 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
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  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BRMMK8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,862 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Doll House" on IMDb

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By A Customer on November 3, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Wow....I just finished watching this movie and it is a real jem. Ladies in prison flicks are cool but this one takes the cake as far as campy goes. Here are some of the things you will experience if you watch this flick.
1. Tons of 70's babes with tight skimpy outfits on.
2. More babes with skimpy outfits on.
3. Homosexual prison gaurds
4. Homosexual prison warden
5. A Philipino Revolution
6. More 70's babes with tight outfits on.
7. A woman hanging by her ponytail as punishment for trying to escape
8. Mud wrestling
9. Crazed women inmates imprisoned in an cage with other crazy wild women (they act like animals....funny!)
10. Inmates who want to be "raped" by men, because they haven't "had any sex in a very long time".
11. More sex starved female inmates in tight outfits.....especially one very "hot blond babe" who begs for sex!!
I must admit this is by far the funniest and sickest movie I have seen in a long time. The plot centers around this band of revolutionaries who want to take over thier country by force. They come up with the crazy idea of breaking into an all "womens prison" and freeing the women who will help them with the revolution.(This is the first time I have ever seen anyone break "into" a prison.) Not much of what goes on makes any sence but it sure makes for one hell of a laugh riot. Roger Corman impressed me again. I have only seen one other Roger Corman movie "Bucket of Blood" and I have to admit that this film is stranger and funnier than "Bucket". As I was watching this film I kept asking myself "Is Roger Corman for real?... is he trying to be serious or trying to be funny?"....the script is a zany hoot and the film kept my attention all the way through.
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While any movie starring Pam Grier is worth watching, the Big Doll House is a particularly entertaining entry in the "Women in Prison" film genre. Produced by the great Roger Corman and filmed in the Philippines, this movie features all the violence, mayhem, and nudity one expects in a 70's "Girls Behind Bars" flick. It also has the added bonus of a great scene where Pam Grier and another woman fight it out in the mud of the rice fields (where the women are forced to toil). Don't miss it!
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Good old Roger Corman; he never saw a film genre he didn't like. Moreover, he never hesitated to make cheap knockoffs of hit films. "Star Wars" breaking box office records? Enter Corman's "Battle Beyond the Stars." "Jurassic Park" raking in the dough? "Carnosaur" and its sequel will do quite nicely, thank you. How about films full of car chases? Those were quite popular in the 1970s, weren't they? You bet, and Corman rolled out "Eat My Dust" and "Grand Theft Auto" to capitalize on the craze. I could go on and on, mentioning how Rog saw fit to make "Big Bad Mama" to present his own take on 1930s gangster epics, or how he tossed out "Humanoids From the Deep" to cash in on a resurgence of monster films. The vaunted women in prison subgenre of the 1970s was yet another field of endeavor for this King of the B-movie rip off. Corman underwrote several of them, beginning with director Jack Hill's classic "The Big Doll House." Hill went on to make his own name in exploitation films with "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown," two movies that formed the foundation of the blaxploitation genre. Thanks to DVD, a new generation of schlock film lovers will finally see these classics.

We see "The Big Doll House" unfold through the eyes of Collier (Judy Brown), a woman convicted of murder on trumped up charges and sentenced to life in a Philippine prison. She has a tough time adjusting to her new digs at first, largely due to the tough as nail attitudes of her fellow cellmates. The tough and cynical Alcott (Roberta Collins) runs the cellblock with an iron fist, and she makes it crystal clear to Collier early on that she will not tolerate any dissension in the ranks.
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In the late 1960s actor/producer John Ashley, initially famous for appearing in a number of JD flicks, hooked up with writer/director/producer Eddie Romero in the Philippines to crank out a handful of inexpensive (i.e.cheapo), somewhat successful horror features. Always an eye towards the frugal, producer/director/writer Roger Corman jumped on the bandwagon in the early 1970s, teaming up with the pair to release his second feature under his newly formed `New World' (later to be known as Concorde) film group, a chicks in chains flick titled The Big Doll House (1971). Directed by Jack Hill (Spider Baby, The Big Bird Cage, Switchblade Sisters), the film features Judith M. Brown (Willie Dynamite), Roberta Collins (Women in Cages, Caged Heat), Brooke Mills (The Student Teachers), Pat Woodell (The Twilight People), and Pam Grier (Coffy, Foxy Brown), in her first major role. Also appearing is Christiane Schmidtmer (The Giant Spider Invasion), Kathryn Loder (Foxy Brown), Jerry Frank (Voodoo Island), and Sid `tall, bald and bearded' Haig (Spider Baby, Diamonds Are Forever).

The film starts out with the arrival of three new inmates at some podunk, backwater, women's prison located in the Philippines, I'm guessing, given the large number of Philippino extras running around. As the women are processed (full body cavity searches for everyone!) we meet Collier (Brown), one of the three prisoners, along with a butcher than butch head guard named Lucian (Loder). After this we get to meet Collier's new cellmates, and they're quite the assortment...
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