Lady in a Cage (1964)

Lady in a Cage


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Olivia de Havilland stars in this sensationalistic shocker as Mrs. Halyard, a wealthy widow recuperating from a broken hip. Inside her mansion, she becomes trapped between floors in her elevator. She activates an emergency alarm but succeeds only in attracting the attention of the wino (Jeff Corey), who steals goods from her house and sells them to a fence. The wino visits Sade (Ann Sothern), a prostitute, who spreads the plight of Mrs. Hilyard's dilemma to three young hoods, Randall (James … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Luther Davis
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On DVD: Mar 29, 2005
Paramount Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Lady in a Cage

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Morbid unwatchable misogynist psychological thriller of the sensationalist school.

Full Review… | July 13, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Utterly vile thriller with unpleasant characters.

October 8, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

July 3, 2005

April 8, 2005
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for Lady in a Cage

Thriller has some contrivances but also enough touches of reality to make it unsettling and disturbing. Olivia is effective as she works up to different levels of hysteria at a believable pace rather than going full bore from the beginning. Ann Sothern is a sad blowsy mess managing to engender sympathy for her character even though she does some disreputable things. James Caan is full of menace and an uncomfortable sexuality in his feature film debut, his simpleton comrades are frightening in their careless disregard for humanity. This is economically directed with a minimum of wasted scenes and a talented cast but the theme of home invasion is to real to prove much in the way of escapist entertainment.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Other than a lot of wasted potential and a young James Caan Lady in a Cage is a watchable yet dull suspense movie about a lady (terribly overacted by Olivia de Haviland) trapped in her stair elevator after her electricity is cut. James Caan as a scummy thief gives a cringe worthy performance but does give a glimpse or two of the talent that was developing.

Tense but a bit melodramatic, especially in regards to Olivia De Havilland's performance, but it's still a good film. Professionally done and very suspenseful.

James Higgins

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