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The Big Bird Cage (Women's Penitentiary II) (1972)


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Release Date: Jul 1, 1972 Wide



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In this exploitative women's prison drama, the "birds" in "the big bird cage" are, clearly, women. With the help of an outside revolutionary, the girls of at a rural prison stage an escape attempt. They have little to lose, as the prison is a site of incredible decadence and brutality. Only two of the covey of beautiful young women prisoners survive the attempt. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Feb 19, 2002

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'Half of you won't get ten steps before you get a boobful of lead!' warns Pam Grier.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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Women in Prison fare made watchable by Pam Grier's scenery chewing and Sid Haig's mincing about while he poses as a gay prison guard. And let us not forget all the breasts.

June 3, 2003 Full Review Source:

Always fun! Anything with big mean Pam Grier!

August 12, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Big Bird Cage (Women's Penitentiary II)

It's bad taste exploitation all the way with the follow up (although unrelated) to Big Doll House. I can't say I liked it as much though, Pam Grier and Sig Haig as revolutionaries (without a cause) are good fun, and I quite liked Haig camping it up as a gay guard but there isn't enough of Grier and there is too much of all the other crappy characters. The acting is bad as is the case in all these films but here it is particularly bad. Half way through, you just want them to get on with it. Good but not Jack Hill's best. Exploitation fans only.
March 22, 2012

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"Aw, you can't rape me - I like sex."

Ridiculous to the extreme as a pitiful band of revolutionaries attempt to liberate a women's work camp which goes so horribly wrong it makes The Great Escape look like a resounding success. As for the women, no matter your type there's someone for you - uglies, beauties, black, white, Filipino, sassy chicks, crazy chicks, short chicks, a giantess, brunettes, and a blonde. (No fatties though, it's a labor camp after all.) My favorite was the sex-starved blonde who would't mind doing the time as long as she could get her freak on now and then - unfortunately for her all the guards are gay! Goofy thing is I can't identify her, the closing credits list character names but I'm sure over half of them aren't mentioned during the actual movie because apparently that would just confuse matters.

I can pick out statuesque Anitra Ford as she has the most screen time as a model who is notorious for bedding around with government officials, and deliverer of the quote that opens this review. Disappointed Pam Grier is only in the movie quarter of the time despite top billing, but she makes the most of it. Sid Haig has fun as Django who goes queer eye for the revolutionary guy in order to infiltrate the camp. Top honors go to the warden for shouting every single line he's given in the way that every warden should in an exploitation flick, and naturally his best line is "I AM NOT AGITATED!!!!" And what better way to make your introduction as the meanest of the mean than by kicking a puppy? (Offscreen, don't worry!)

If knife fights, shower scenes, skimpy clothes, campy acting, mud wrestling, choppy editing, attack dogs, patchy plotting, horny inmates, jive talking, and sugar cane fields are your idea of a good time, then you'll be sweet on The Big Bird Cage.
February 10, 2012
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