The Women in Cages Collection: The Big Bird Cage / The Big Doll House / Women in Cages (Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature)
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Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) joins a group of sexy, young female prisoners in their struggle against a sadistic warden in Big Doll House. This shockingly real film is perhaps one of the most influential of all women-in-prison films! Also starring Judy Brown, Roberta Collins (Death Race 2000) and Sid Haig (House Of 1,000 Corpses). Directed by Jack Hill (Spider Baby, Foxy Brown).
Innocent Carol Jeffries (Jennifer Gan, Naked Angels) is framed by her drug-dealing boyfriend and ends up in a tough prison in the Philippines jungle in Women In Cages. She must face off against the sadistic warden, Alabama (Grier), who takes great pleasure in alternately seducing and torturing her prisoners. Also starring Judy Brown and Roberta Collins. Directed by Gerry De Leon (Mad Doctor Of Blood Island).
Inside the hellish womens prison called The Big Bird Cage, inmates like Terry (Anitra Ford, The Price Is Right) struggles to survive. They get their chance to escape when scheming revolutionary Blossom (Pam Grier) engineers a prison break . . . from the outside in. Also starring Carol Speed (Abby). Directed by Jack Hill.
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Yes, I expected my drive-in, border line smut to be radical and outrageous ... not just be thankful the actresses agreed to do this because they got paid (or maybe they didn't get paid...enough).
All of these movies have Pam Grier in them and she has some amazingly broad soldiers for a long, full figured woman but her rear nude scenes had me surprised she was not "hotter looking" at such a young, tender age. I'm nitpicking, yes. Judy Brown is in two of these prison epics (ha) and she is attractive enough with Director Jack Hill loving her naked nipple shots while Roberta Collins is more impressive in a naked shower scene where she knows a man is watching. But, damn, what the hell was she doing (Roberta C.) with her acting mannerisms right after her character becomes a badass chick after kicking some ass. Her naturalistic acting is/was laughable. I actually said to the tv: "What the Bleep is she doing (and the "Laugh" followed).
The actress who played "Herrod" is the only female actress in this entire thing who acquitted (ha, pun intended considering prison flicks) herself at all. She played a heroin addict in, um, THE BIG DOLL HOUSE (there is a drug addict in all 3 movies; and a newbie or "new fish"; and the evil prison Matron or Warden...they certainly blend together). Her real name is Brooke Mills.
Sid Haig is only mediocre to slightly funny in what -- I'm pretty sure -- is truly supposed to be a comic relief role.
Oh, and Anitra Ford from The Price is Right (from what I've seen of "the big bird cage") gives one of the better performances. That just might tell you something about the quality of these Corman, drive-in 'special' movies.
Almost surprised I gave this three stars. There is commentary by many involved in the making of the BIG BIRD CAGE.
I did enjoy hearing Pam Grier say to Sid Haig, "You gonna' do IT through the bars?!" As he is feeling her up.
Also, Roberta Collins in "heat" after her shower scene for the "man" saying, "Get it up, or I cut it off!"
postscript: After completing my viewing of the third (THE BIG BIRD CAGE) of this triple feature of drive-in exploitation I have come to the conclusion Jack Hill was not a good Director. I'm blaming him for most of the lackluster performances (He directed Pam Grier in Foxy Brown and Coffey a couple years later, to mediocre results for Grier). But, pretty much all these girls (young ladies) come across like they were grabbed from behind their secretaries desk and asked to act in a movie. Oh, wait, that IS how Pam Grier was found. Well, it shows but at least now we know Grier was just "honing" those acting chop skills.
Bu the way Pam plays the Revolutionary in BIG BIRD CAGE and despite that forced dialogue she is just so easy to watch, I suppose, for very obvious potentials and reasons.
This film, along with THE BIG BIRD CAGE (1972; both directed by Jack Hill), has the distinction of kick-starting the 70's WIP (women in prison) craze. Tough-as-nails Marnie Collier (Judy Brown) is sent to a "Banana Republic" prison (actually lensed in the Philippines) for 99 years on a false murder conviction. After being thoroughly searched in every orifice, she is thrown in a dingy cell with Alcott (Roberta Collins), Harrad (Brooke Mills), Bodine (Pat Woodell) and lesbian Grear (Pam Grier), who takes an instant shine to Collier. The prison's female warden, Miss Dietrich (Christiane Schmidtmer), is a Bible-quoting she-b**** who's not above murder to keep her prisoners in line. Bodine plans on escaping after she gets a smuggled-in letter from her revolutionary boyfriend telling her that he needs her badly, but someone snitches to Miss Dietrich about the letter and she has Bodine tortured, first by suspending her in a small bamboo cage in the blazing sun and then bringing her to a dungeon, where she is waterboarded and whipped by brutal head guard Lucian (Kathryn Loder) while some unknown person watches in the shadows. Bodine is brought back to her cell bloody and bruised, now even more determined to escape and join her boyfriend. Two black marketeers, Harry (Sid Haig) and his new partner Fred (Jerry Franks), make weekly trips to the prison and supply the women prisoners with a wide range of goods, including drugs, cigarettes and smuggled information, but it all comes with a price, mainly sex. When Miss Dietrich catches Alcott having sex with the inexperienced Fred, she becomes the next torture victim in the dungeon. Alcott is shocked with electricity by Lucian (she attaches electrodes to Alcott's breasts and private parts) while the same unknown person watches in the shadows. The girls put their differences aside and plan an escape, using a cat and the unwitting duo of Harry and Fred in their attempt. It almost comes undone when junkie Harrad stabs Grear in the neck in a fit of jealous rage, killing her. Collier is then tortured with a cobra by Lucian in the dungeon, but Alcott, Bodine and Ferrina (Gina Stuart) rescue her, overpower Lucian and discover the identity of the person hiding in the shadows (it's Miss Dietrich, who gets her sexual jollies by watching prisoners tortured and killed!). The girls then break out of prison, but not everyone will escape with their lives. During the fatalistic, yet strangely satisfying, conclusion, all the women are either killed or recaptured, but not before Miss Dietrich receives her just rewards. This thoroughly sadistic, yet highly watchable, exploitationer delivers the goods, thanks to the cast of beautiful female genre vets and the expert direction of Jack Hill, who also gave us such low-budget classics like SPIDER BABY (1964), COFFY (1973), FOXY BROWN (1974) and SWITCHBLADE SISTERS (1975). Hill only directed a handful of films in his career, yet he always seemed to know what audiences wanted: Namely, copious amounts of nudity and plenty of violence. THE BIG DOLL HOUSE doesn't disappoint, as every female in the cast has at least one nude scene (including a boner-inducing fight between Roberta Collins and Pam Grier in a mud pit) and loads of mind-boggling violence, usually by the hands of Lucian in her torture dungeon. This was one of Roger Corman's earliest hits for his New World Pictures production outfit (both Corman and Cirio H. Santiago are uncredited producers) and it's easy to see why. Besides Jack Hill's direction, the cast gives their all here, stripping-off their clothes, getting into catfights and, finally, working together to escape their hellhole. It's no wonder this film spawned countless other WIP flicks. It's well-made, violent (some of the torture devices are downright bizarre), exciting and, surprisingly, contains some real human drama. One of the earliest WIP movies to take advantage of the R-rating and still one of the best. Pam Grier sings the opening tune, "Long Time Woman". John Ashley and Eddie Romero were the Executive Producers. Also starring Jack Davis and Letty Mirasol. Available on THE WOMEN IN CAGES COLLECTION, a collection of three films on 2 DVDs, also including THE BIG BIRD CAGE (1972) and WOMEN IN CAGES (1971), released by Shout! Factory. Rated R.
"The Big Bird Cage" is another classic women's prison film. This one had Anitra Ford from the Price Is Right. She was a great addition for this film. Pam Grier was awesome. There was another commentary from Jack Hill. There was also a documentary about the film as well.
"Women In Cages" missed the boat. It had great ideas but it didn't have a great plot. Overall it was an average women's prison film.