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Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until 5 of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of 2 male fruit vendors.

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Jack Hill

Writer:

Don Spencer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Brown ... Collier (as Judy Brown)
Roberta Collins ... Alcott
Pam Grier ... Grear
Brooke Mills Brooke Mills ... Harrad
Pat Woodell ... Bodine
Sid Haig ... Harry
Christiane Schmidtmer ... Miss Dietrich
Kathryn Loder ... Lucian
Jerry Franks Jerry Franks ... Fred
Gina Stuart ... Ferina
Jack Davis Jack Davis ... Dr. Phillips
Letty Mirasol Letty Mirasol ... Leyte
Shirley de las Alas Shirley de las Alas ... Guard
Myrna De Vera Myrna De Vera ... Guard
Siony Cordona Siony Cordona ... Guard
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Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until 5 of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of 2 male fruit vendors.

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Naked lust that builds to a climax of death See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Philippines | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Women's Penitentiary III See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Budget:

$125,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Kathryn Loder refused to pick up a cobra snake in one scene, so the animal wrangler had to pick up the snake instead. See more »

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Quotes

Grear: You son of a bitch! This is for Bodine. You're rotten, Harry. You know why? 'Cos you're a man. All men are filthy. All they ever want to do is to get at you. For a long time I let them get at me. That's why I'm in this dump. But no more. You hear me? I'm not going to let a man's filthy hands touch me again.
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Alternate Versions

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An Interesting Low-Budget "Women-in-Prison" Film
29 January 2014 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

After killing her rich husband a woman by the name of "Collier" (Judith Brown) is sentenced to 99 years at hard labor at a women's prison somewhere deep in the Philippine jungle. She is put in a cell with 5 other beautiful women who go by the names of "Alcott" (Roberta Collins), "Bodine" (Pat Woodell), "Grear" (Pam Greer), "Harrad" (Brooke Mills) and "Ferina"(Gina Stuart). While each of them have their own story to tell they all share one particular view which is that the head guard, "Lucian" (Kathryn Loder) is extremely sadistic and the attractive warden "Miss Dietrich"(Christiane Schmidtmer) is either incompetent or ambivalent to the torture and abuse within the prison. Yet although a recently assigned doctor named "Dr. Phillips" (Jack Davis) is trying to correct the problem the inmates decide to take matters into their own hands and attempt to escape. Now, rather than detailing all of the events that transpire and risk spoiling the movie for those who haven't seen it I will just say that this was an interesting low-budget "Women-in-Prison" film which covered most of the main aspects associated with movies of this type. It certainly had more than its share of gorgeous women. And while I certainly can't complain about that the fact is that the overall plot was a bit too "by the numbers" and lacked credibility. No doubt fans of this genre will find it enjoyable though and overall I rate it as slightly above average.


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