99 Women (Der Heiße Tod) (1969)




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Jesus Franco's campy women's prison film, though both stereotypical and rare to find in its original version, is worthwhile for genre devotees primarily due to an outstanding cast. Mercedes McCambridge is unintentionally hilarious as sadistic lesbian warden Thelma Diaz, spitting tacky dialogue with exuberant venom in a performance so overbearing that it verges on classic. The plot is standard for the genre, as three women (Maria Rohm, Elisa Montes, Luciana Paluzzi) are sentenced to an island prison off the Panamanian coast, only to encounter torture, rape, and lesbianism. When sympathetic Warden Caroll (Maria Schell) replaces Diaz, the prisoners assume that conditions will improve, but their agony only worsens until they decide to escape. Rosalba Neri co-stars, and Herbert Lom runs the corrupt men's prison nearby. 99 Mujeres was heavily censored in various prints, with versions running anywhere between 70 and 108 minutes. Edits running 84, 86, and 94 minutes are most commonly available. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for 99 Women (Der Heiße Tod)

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Plays like how a lot of Eyes Wide Shut probably should have played.

May 10, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 99 Women (Der Heiße Tod)

Complete Italian Trash, released by a British Film Company. Not even good nudity. The only mystery is how it got on my to see list. Not even worth a rating.

Bruce Bruce
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Honestly, it didn't live up to my exploitative hopes. Not bad, per say, just not as committed to sleaze as one would hope. Performances are typically overwrought for this kind of fare.

Steve K
Steve K

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