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Caged Heat (Caged Females) (Renegade Girls) (1974)


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Movie Info

A couple of female inmates escape from the brutal confines of the women's correctional facility in which they ar imprisoned, and then are forced to return in order to save a friend who's scheduled for a lobotomy at the hands of a wicked female prison warden.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama , Action & Adventure , Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Demme
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 22, 2002
Concorde/New Horizons Home Video


as Jacqueline Wilson

as Belle Tyson

as Pandora

as Lavelle

as Randolph

as Bernice

as Sports Car Driver

as Family Car Driver

as Sharpshooter

as Sharpshooter

as Undercover Wrestler

as Kitchen Guard

as Dream Man

as Station Mechanic

as Cop at Gas Station

as Cop at Bank

as Bank Guard

as Gate Guard

as Shower Guard

as Kitchen Matron

as Mickey Mouse Robber

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Critic Reviews for Caged Heat (Caged Females) (Renegade Girls)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Jonathan Demme's debut film is campy, choppy, and generally immature, though his bonding themes are fitfully discernible amid the cartoonish action.

Full Review… | March 28, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's no more than passable as a thriller, but the density of invention and energy in other respects is enough to shame a dozen contemporary major studio movies.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic exploitation film of the women's prison variety that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Full Review… | November 9, 2014

Vibrant take on multicultural grindhouse sisterhood

Full Review… | November 27, 2011

Contains a skits-within-the-movie sequence that comments on the narrative while also exposing the artificiality, absudity and performance aspect of the 'Women in Prison' trend itself.

Full Review… | September 2, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

An exciting film, and one that proves that even the most exploitative of films can make a relevant statement.

Full Review… | March 28, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Caged Heat (Caged Females) (Renegade Girls)

Your eyes do not deceive you - that is THE Jonathan Demme with the director's credit for this Roger Corman exploitation and one of the most influential of the WIP (women in prison) subgenre. And you know what, it ain't half bad!

Don't get me wrong, nobody would mistake this for high quality cinema, but what it does it does well. Lead actress Erica Gavin as the new jailbait is plain and frankly rather boring, but thankfully the supporting characters have a lot of life like cutie Roberta Collins who steals food out of the employee break room to feed those in solitary and Juanita Brown as the fiery & foul-mouthed ruler of the cell block. Barbara Steele is really great as the wheelchair-bound superintendent McQueen who lives a repressed lifestyle and feels torn between her genuine desire to rehabilitate her charges and punish them for insubordination which she takes as a personal affront.

There are four, count 'em, FOUR shower scenes mixed in among the catfights, corrective discipline, and rebellions leading up to the big showdown. Dust off your 8-track and pull out your polyester and bell-bottoms!

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