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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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Art House & International , Cult Movies , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Luciana Paluzzi
as Nathalie
Herbert Lom
as Governor
Maria Rohm
as Marie
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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.

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
Film Freak Central

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
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

½

First off, I must say that I do love Jess Franco when he's good and even sometimes when his films are awful. That being said, this was my first Women in Prison film, and I have to say I wasn't a big fan. I love exploitation films, but this never really came together for me especially with its super-cheesy attempt to explore fascist style displince versus hipppie style love and acceptaance. Frankly, it's hard to explore those themes while inserting random lesbian sexual encounters. Ultimately, 99 Women failed to live up to my expectations. It is considered one of Franco's classics, and, while it was mildly entertaining, it failed to ever do anything truly interesting to me. Frankly, if it had even been a little more erotic, it would have been more memorable.

Al Miller
Al Miller
½

First off, I must say that I do love Jess Franco when he's good and even sometimes when his films are awful. That being said, this was my first Women in Prison film, and I have to say I wasn't a big fan. I love exploitation films, but this never really came together for me especially with its super-cheesy attempt to explore fascist style displince versus hipppie style love and acceptaance. Frankly, it's hard to explore those themes while inserting random lesbian sexual encounters. Ultimately, 99 Women failed to live up to my expectations. It is considered one of Franco's classics, and, while it was mildly entiertaining, it failed to ever do anything truly interesting to me. Frankly, if it had even been a little more erotic, it would have been more memorable.

Al Miller
Al Miller

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