|Women in Cages (1971)|
|Director:||Gerrardo De Leon|
|Writers:||David Osterhout and James H. Watkins|
|Starring:||Jennifer Gan, Judy Brown and Pam Grier|
|The Plot: When young Carol Jeffries (Jennifer Gan), known as Jeff, is manipulated by her Filipino boyfriend Rudy into holding a large stash of heroine, she is set up for a very hard fall. She ends up sentenced to ten years hard time in a Filipino prison. Once inside she is accosted by the brash and conniving guards who are lead by the nefarious Chief Matron: Alabama (Pam Grier). She ends up making friends with some of the friendlier girls, but she still has much to contend with. She has the threat of being molested by Alabama but she also has her former flame, Rudy, on the outside trying to have her assassinated by some junkies that are currently locked up with her. Will innocent Carol ever make it out of this concrete hell or will she become just another statistic?|
With any film of this type you’re guaranteed a few staples that help define the genre. The first of those is of course the nudity. Women in Cages does not disappoint in that regard either, as a wide variety of beautiful women end up shedding their clothes throughout the duration of the movie. Does it make for the most respectable of cinema or atmosphere for other women? Probably not, but it certainly puts the “adult” in a title like this. Secondly you can expect a decent amount of low-grade action. Whether we’re talking about cat fights in the shower or the inevitable “big action” sequence that always seems to be brewing for the finale. Third we have the characters. These women in prison titles are almost always chock full of stereotypical and gimmicky characters, but that is perhaps what makes them as fun as they are.
Even though it has already been mentioned at this point, I have to give it up for Pam Grier. Watching her strut as the intensely evil Alabama is both a delight, and slightly frightening. She unquestionably steals the show and even manages to make this heartless villain seem slightly likable. That doesn’t mean we don’t have other memorable characters of course. Jennifer Gan, who leads the cast, is a bit on the vanilla side for this type of movie but she plays the sheepish leading lady well enough. Judy Brown is a bit more over the top however and turns out as the most outgoing amidst the main foursome who comprise the story. Fellow Corman regular Roberta Collins gets to play the most chaotic of the main cast, as she gets to delve into the skin of a junkie with ulterior motives. She is likely one of the most entertaining aspects of the main cast as she regularly spazzes out over her need for drugs, but also continually does her best to murder Jennifer Gan’s character. Throughout the movie you will lose count of how many times she inexplicably goes between “fiend-ing” for drugs and seemingly being “okay”.