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




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Considered the quintessential "girls in prison" flick of the 1970s, novice director Jonathan Demme's Caged Heat is set in a hellish American woman's penitentiary run by vicious, wheelchair-bound Barbara Steele. Statuesque convict Erica Gavin is forced to undergo horrible (but legal) tortures when she is falsely accused of trying to escape. Gavin and fellow con Juanita Brown decide to make a real break, but return to prison to rescue a friend who is about to be lobotomized by the sadistic prison doctor. Then they stage a robbery, only to find a group of male robbers at the bank ahead of them. A final shootout in the prison yards brings the film to a bloody climax. Caged Heat was also released under the title Renegade Girls.
R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Action & Adventure , Cult Movies , Drama
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Erica Gavin
as Jacqueline Wilson
Juanita Brown
as Maggie
Roberta Collins
as Belle Tyson
Ella Reid
as Pandora
Gary Goetzman
as Sparky
Barbara Steele
as McQueen
Cheryl Smith
as Lavelle
Warren Miller
as Randolph
Lynda Gold
as Crazy
Mickey Fox
as Bernice
Joe Viola
as Sports Car Driver
George Armitage
as Family Car Driver
Ann Stockdale
as Bonnie
Hugh Corcoran
as Sharpshooter
Cynthia Songey
as Rosemary
Jim Watkins
as Sharpshooter
Carol Terry
as Kitchen Guard
Carmen Argenziano
as Undercover Wrestler
John Aprea
as Dream Man
Leslie Otis
as Station Mechanic
Mike Shack
as Jake
Patrick Wright
as Cop at Gas Station
Gary Littlejohn
as Cop at Bank
Hal Marshall
as Bank Guard
Mike Gray
as Gate Guard
Cindy Cale
as Cindy
Essie Hayes
as Essie
Layla Gallaway
as Shower Guard
Dorothy Love
as Kitchen Matron
Bob Reese
as Mickey Mouse Robber
as unknown
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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 23, 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

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

Great dark, fun popcorn movie. Perfect for anyone who loves, or likes, exploitation films and dark quirky characters.

Adam Gre Gore Check
Adam Gre Gore Check

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!

Doctor Strangeblog
Doctor Strangeblog

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One of the Women In Prison films to end all WiP films, this one is well worth tracking down and something that I'm very happy to have marked off the To-Watch Pile. One of Corman's more iconic releases, and written and directed by Oscar-winner Jonathan Demme, this one is also worth your time to see what a much lauded director did in the early days of his career. Give it a rental.

Bill Bryant
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