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Caged Heat (1974)

Cast: Erica Gavin, Erica Gavin, Juanita Brown, more...
Director: Jonathan Demme, Jonathan Demme
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Studio: New Concorde
Genre: Prison, Erotica, Sexploitation, Vintage, Women in Prison
Running Time: 79 min.
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This title is currently out of print.

Considered the quintessential "girls in prison" flick of the 1970s, novice director Jonathan Demme's Caged Heat is set in a hellish American woman's penitentiary run by vicious, wheelchair-bound Barbara Steele. Statuesque convict Erica Gavin is forced to undergo horrible (but legal) tortures when she is falsely accused of trying to escape. Gavin and fellow con Juanita Brown decide to make a real break, but return to prison to rescue a friend who is about to be lobotomized by the sadistic prison doctor. Then they stage a robbery, only to find a group of male robbers at the bank ahead of them. A final shootout in the prison yards brings the film to a bloody climax. Caged Heat was also released under the title Renegade Girls. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

kinda sorta precursor to Thelma&Louise maybe? by hamano August 30, 2003 - 10:59 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Silence of the Lambs' Jonathan Demme's directorial debut, after graduating from Roger Corman's school of hard knockers (John Sayles made Piranha there!). Corman actually shadow-produced this film. It's definitely a women-in-prison sexploitation flick, but the way the girls band together to break out a feminist flourish that puts this a step above other films of this genre. Rent it and judge for yourself. Just remember, it's a women-in-prison film, not "Bridge Over the River Kwai" or "The Magdalene Sisters"!!!

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