Women in Cages (1971)
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Critic Reviews for Women in Cages
Thankfully lives up to its reputation providing pure unadulterated sleaze...
Audience Reviews for Women in Cages
Superior WIP film, and one of the first to kick off the genre's popularity at the outset of the 1970s. Some unique casting adds interest as Pam Grier plays the sadistic warden while personal favorite Roberta Collins, frequently the sympathetic cellmate, is the conniving junkie with orders to kill the new girl! That new girl is Jeff (Jeff?!?) played by Jennifer Gan whose acting credits are limited, mostly bit parts on TV, and don't extend beyond 1972. And for a very good reason too: she's absolutely terrible! Probably the worst acting I have seen in the genre, and these roles aren't honeypots for the next Charlize Theron. So she's a significant drag factor, but Collins & Grier keep the ship from sinking while showing some boobie among the showerings, stabbings, riotings, plottings, escapings, and torturings on the Wheel Of Misfortune. In all, a gritty guilty pleasure good time.
This is the weakest of Rodger Corman's "Women in Prison" series with Pam Grier. The story is weak and the acting is bad. There are plenty of nude women. Pam Grier's prison guard uniform is ugly. The props are fake looking and the bloody makeup is just red streaks painted on the girls bodies. The whole premise of the story of four American girls in a Philippine prison seems unlikely. And for a Philippine prison to have a black American woman from Harlem as the head matron is also kind of far fetched. Despite the name of the movie, the women spend most of the time in a prison cell and are never placed in any cages like the one shown on the cover of the DVD box. The movie's story made it seem like there was a Philippine mafia that controlled the country. When this movie was made Marcos was dictator of the Philippine Islands and controlled everything in the country with an iron fist. If the Marcos government wanted to throw a drug smuggler into prison they wouldn't need his girlfriend to testify against him. They'd just frame him and send him to prison.
Probably the least of the "women in prison" exploitation movies that I've seen thus far, at least in the pseudo-trilogy that it falls into. Women in Cages reunites much of the main cast from The Big Doll House, but unfortunately, things just aren't as much fun as before. This time around, Pam Grier is on the dirty dikey side of the bars while the rest are on the other side trying to get out. The main thing that bothers me about this movie is Jennifer Gan, who is an absolutely awful actress and I can see why she never had a career after this. Her character is baffelling to me all the time, but it's her acting that really brings things down. She doesn't even get nude in the movie, which is a big no-no when it comes to these types of movies. It's part of the titilation and enjoyment that the actresses will be topless at some point. The movie also doesn't really have much to it and there's nothing as exciting or as engaging as the films that came before and after it.
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