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"This video won't win any academy awards but it will forever stand as one of the better classic cult 70's women-in-prison exploitation films. First off, the film is just flat-out fantasy fun, made in a time of American cinema history when gals were all-natural, good lookin', and good sports (nowadays, if you tried to make this film it'd be filled with silicone sisters trying to look like Pamela Anderson). What you get is a couple of American gals in a Filipino prison watched over by none other than the queen of 70's exploitation films Pam Grier (who managed a brief comeback in the 90's thanks to Quentin Tarantino). Eventually the gals cross Grier the wrong way and end up in The Playpen, the prison's torture chamber. Judy Brown, a fair-skinned brunette, ends up getting stripped, suspended, then placed in leather boots mounted on a slab that spreads wide enough to accept the smoldering charcoal from an evil-looking brazier. "This is our version of the hot foot!" Grier gleefully shouts. No lesbianism - too edgy for a 1970's audience - but there's plenty of topless frontal nudity in this and in another scene, where the other American gal, blonde-haired, blue-eyed Roberta Collins, is strapped to a wheel and spun around. Both scenes run about 2 minutes each, just long enough to be memorable and necessary for the plot, but not too long as to be obviously exploitative (at least not by today's standards). Flames from the brazier in Ms. Brown's scene and a strategically placed restraining strap around Ms. Collins' waist when she's on the wheel keep the nudity at an R rating, but its still pretty hot stuff. Eventually the two gals kidnap Grier, bust out of the prison, and escape into the jungle leaving Grier tied spreadeagled to a tree. She's later bumped off by a roving troop of bandits, and the other girls are double-crossed once they get back to civilization. What a great way to end a '70s exploitation film! Strap on your platform shoes, bellbottom jeans, and Foster Grant sunglasses for this piece of '70s low-budget cinema. I'm giving the film 1 star just for having Pam Grier in it and 1 star for each of the 2 torture scenes - Pam Grier just makes them so much fun!"
Nobody escapes from MY prison!!!!!
Johny Bottom | Jacksonville, NC | 08/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Get out your riding crop and hot candle wax! Pam Grier is ready to take you to her version of hell (Harlem baby, I came from Harlem). Watch Pammy whip, beat, torture, and [hurt] inmates all the while wishing it was you taking Pam's abuse. What be up wit dat? Sucka if you don't know the sweet, tempting hot babe, then you be lost! Pam is queen of the 70's flicks. Not only that, but she looks better now than every female 70's star. She is a fine wine that improves with age...If you dig movies with nudity, senseless dialog, bad language, sadism, and violence, then this is the flick for you. Pam runs this whole show. And like I said, if you don't know Pam, you don't know nothing you jive turkey!!!!!"
A polished performance by Sofia Moran as "Theresa"
Johny Bottom | 08/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Recently seen this picture a few days ago and was impressed by the credible acting of Philippine actress Sofia Moran who played "Theresa". A very sexy, sultry, and popular actress in her country back in the early '70's. She was not "billed" during the opening credits of the film, but her character was the one I was able to sympathize compared to the other 3 main characters. Her portrayal of a victimized prison inmate and sexually abused by the Matron played by Pam Grier is a worthwhile reason to see this film. Overall, this "B" film is a Classic within its genre and is a fun film to watch with friends on a lazy Sunday afternoon."
Ex-stripper, Ex-addict, Ex-prostitute..what more can you ask
Jenny J.J.I. | That Lives in Carolinas | 09/18/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In the same vein as Jack Hill's Big Doll House, Women in Cages is a searing expose of prison life. But unlike Hill's W.I.P. films, it hits all the right notes of the genre, but without much style. Nevertheless, its amateurish nature does offer up a little in the way of campy entertainment.
In here we an innocent woman by the name of Jeff (Jennifer Gan) who realizes she has been set up. But before I get any further you would have thought that sitting right beside a character by the name of Rudy who placed the heroin in her purse would have alerted her to the fact that something underhand was going on, but nope, she continues to put her faith in the fool helping her out of trouble. So Jeff is sent to prison, she must face off against head matron Pam Grier. Unfortunately for Jeff one of the ladies she shares her cell with is Stoke (Roberta Collins), a heroin addict who relies on Rudy's trade to feed her addiction during her stay. She is forced to make attempts on Jeff's life to get her out of the way in return for more drugs, but she's not particularly successful, it has to be said, and comes across as a cold turkey version of Wile E. Coyote in her schemes to poison, squash or otherwise destroy the hapless Jeff.
After being behind bars in The Big Doll House, Pam Grier got the opportunity to be matron in this one, and plays the sadistic guard to the hilt. Of course, she's a lesbian, so she will seduce certain prisoners in her boudoir, like Jeff's cellmate Theresa (Sofia Moran), or if they reject her advances she takes them to "The Playpen", a medieval torture chamber. Actually, she escorts women to her torture chamber whether she's sexually interested or not, as Sandy (Judy Brown) discovers. You can see that Pam is still learning her chops and is just not convincing as a tough-as-nails character, instead coming across as a kid playing at grown-ups.
Other than a few well-placed camera shots Cages is silly, and its infrequent nods to social injustice sound hollow, but it lacks the necessary, gleeful outrageousness to appeal; you can see that this one is simply going through the motions, without Hill's nonsensical flourishes the Big Doll House reunion limps along and barely registers as more than another anonymous WIP screen-filler.
Great movie! I would give it 5 stars if it were widescreen
Grapey Grimes | Cincy, OH | 02/10/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"SHORT REVIEW: This is an awesome movie if you like this sort of thing. It is a nice, clean print, but it's presented in full screen which seems to be the only way to get it on DVD. If it were in widescreen, I wouldve given it 5 stars. These Australian Corman flicks from Umbrella Entertainment always have at least a few good extra features and such nice looking packaging!