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99 Women (Director's Cut)
99 Women
Director's Cut
Actors: Maria Schell, Luciana Paluzzi, Mercedes McCambridge, Herbert Lom, Maria Rohm
Director: Jesus Franco
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2005     1hr 26min

For his epic shocker of caged women gone wild, legendary director Jess Franco (EUGENIE, SADOMANIA) brought together a once-in-a-lifetime cast of International beauties including Maria Schell (THE ODESSA FILE), Luciana Palu...  more »


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Actors: Maria Schell, Luciana Paluzzi, Mercedes McCambridge, Herbert Lom, Maria Rohm
Director: Jesus Franco
Creators: Jesus Franco, Anya Corvin, Carlo Fadda, Harry Alan Towers, Javier Péres Grober, Milo G. Cuccia, Ornella Zanelli
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Prison, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Blue Underground, Inc.
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 02/22/2005
Original Release Date: 04/23/1969
Theatrical Release Date: 04/23/1969
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
Edition: Director's Cut
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

RIP OFF!!!!!!!!
O. T. davis | 04/20/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This is a out right rip off!!!!! I deserve a $30 refund from Blue Undergrtound for out right lying to us! Please refer back to Jordan M. Oakes review it is true in everyword! You will not see any good hard porn from Maria Rohm or any of the well known actors in this flick, they added terrible scenes through out the movie where needed. Only thing he forgot to mention was that it is not even in widescreen and there is absolutely no speacial features, you can't even take the subtitles off. My only fault is I wish I had read his review before I paid for this RIP OFF!!!!! Shame to Blue Underground!"
Critically Disliked 1969 Women's Prison Film
Steve Vander | 05/13/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"{NOTE: There are two versions of this movie for sale on Amazon, both have been linked together; I'm reviewing the unrated director's cut not the x-rated French film}

1969 unrated director's cut. The movie has numerous alternate titles, including: "Isle of Lost Women," "99 Donne," "99 mujeres," "Island of Despair," "Prostitutes in Prison," "The Hot Death"

DVD features: The DVD contains a copy of the unrated director's cut plus "extras." The extras include: an interview with the director ("It was a time when the whole world was enjoying a freedom from censorship." - well, I guess he censored himself then; interesting, after the fact some more "hot" scenes were added); deleted & alternate scenes (3; nudity (hard to see) in one scene); trailer (which appears to contain most of the nudity); poster & still galleries and some DVD-Rom feature that I couldn't access.

Credits: Mercedes McCambridge (Superintendent Thelma Diaz; Oscar nomination for "Giant," won for "All the King's Men"), Maria Schell (Superintendent Leonie Caroll; "The Odessa File"), red-head Luciana Paluzzi (Natalie Mendoza), Rosalba Neri (Zoie; "The Arena"), Maria Rohm (Marie), Eliza Montes (Helga), Valentina Godoy (Rosalie), and Herbert Lom (Governor Santos; "The Pope Must Die"). Written by Peter Welbeck. Directed by Jess Franco ("Incubus" (2002)). Filmed on an island in the Mediterranean.

Plot: The movie is about a female prison located on an island off the coast of Panama. The guards are "sadistic" (mostly occurs before the action or off-camera) and women are allowed to die (one shown). Also, forced lesbianism "abounds" (ok, once). Rumors float around saying that the new superintendent is a lesbian that is a little to close to the prisoners (spread by the ex-superintendent; their differences in discipline come into conflict). Attempting to escape these "horrible" conditions, three women flee (Marie (prisoner 99), Helga (prisoner 97), and Rosalie (short red-headed girl)). But one dies and the escaped prisoners are recaptured. The prison erupts after the women are returned (not necessarily for that reason).

Review: Interesting, the unrated director's cut of a movie that was originally released as an X rated film with an original run time of 70 minutes (odd, both of my movie guides state that the film is around 90 minutes long and rated R (one believes it is a turkey)). If I'm reading the DVD correctly, the unrated version adds about 20 minutes of footage (but if my movie guides are correct, then no additional minutes are added). One of the movie extras includes a news article about the film that notes that it is X rated and 70 minutes long, so I'm not sure what the real film length and rating was.

Good opening music. A relatively slow movie, takes a while to get going (especially since they cut out the normal "strip-search inspection" of the new prisoners). The prisoners wear the normal skimpy uniforms and girl fights occur, but the first nudity does not occur until around 23 minutes into the film. The director is an "artiste," and most of the "nude" sequences are artistically out of focus, or otherwise barely visible or very short (a shame considering some of the women are attractive). The director also keeps annoyingly moving from out of focus to very close up shots in these types of scenes. A very disappointing movie, I should have paid attention to the critics (though they had seen the original film, not the "director's cut"). As a "mainstream" movie it is disappointing, and as a "nudie pic" it is very disappointing. Some of the actors, though, do seem to be able to act (though the new superintendent smiles too much, and prisoner 99 cries too much).

A very slow movie with surprisingly few nude scenes, and a lot less violence and sadistic guard action. Going by the interview with the director, it would appear that the "unrated" version that I watched was actually one of the "softer" versions of the film (oh, and don't skip that interview, some of the missing "harder" scenes are included). The harder scenes were made by others and inserted into the film later (there are many versions of this film; and apparently one of the versions was at the top of the US box office at one point). (2.00)"
Spliced together nonsense..................
GLENN A. OBRIEN | Toronto, Canada | 04/25/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This is the French X-rated version of 99 women, directed by Jess Franco. The running time of this feature is 98 minutes, which means that this is probably the longest, least censored version of the film that is available. The story involves a women`s island prison, a sadistic female warden, a lustful male governor, and the young, lovely female inmates. Can you see where this is heading ? There ARE scenes of extreme sexuality (especially when you consider the film was released in 1969) which include (...). My big problem with this movie is that the hardcore scenes are haphazardly edited into the film. In a few cases, they don`t even seem to be part of the scenes that you have been watching. Also frustrating is the fact that some of the actors taking part in the sex scenes look nothing like the actors that they are doubling (standing-in)for. Just because a woman is wearing a blonde wig does not mean she is going to look like the lead actress that she is portraying. I guess that this movie was pushing the boundaries in 1969, but looking at the dumb story, lousy editing, and sex scenes from a 2005 perspective.....this is just a dated curio."
Jess Franco an overrated filmmaker.
Francisco Fontano Aedo | México, D.F. Mexico | 02/19/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"99 women is a terrible film. I bought it because Luciana Paluzzi was in the cast and she is one of my favorite actresses. I know that Luciana has never made any good film with the sole exception of Thunderball and maybe other two or three you may consider average. O.K. Luciana is beautiful and that's all she needs, but beware, this film was directed by Jess Franco. This guy made terrible boring films no matter who is in the cast and 99 women is not the exception. You will never get anything from a Jess Franco's film. There are no thrills, no good stories, no sexy scenes (he always cheats with what he promises in this aspect), the title song is hideous and Luciana is no more than 3 minutes in this movie and the rest of it... stinks¡ Nothing is plausible or at least logic. So forget about it. Don't buy it. And the same goes for all Jess Franco's movies.