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THE BIG DOLL HOUSE (1971) ***

After her bit part in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Pam Grier co-starred in this entertaining Women In Prison movie from director Jack Hill.  There's not much in the way of plot or characters, but who cares?  It's a good sampler of everything you'd want in a Women In Prison flick.  The prisoners are tortured by exposure, whipping, shock treatment, snakes and "the hot box".  There's lots of nudity, involving showers, mud fights and sex.  ("Get it up, or I'll cut it off!")  There's even a food fight, hosings and the inevitable escape attempt.  Judy (Women in Cages) Brown and Roberta (Caged Heat) Collins are the other prisoners.  Hill's usual leading man Sid (Pit Stop) Haig co-stars.  Grier is great as a tough lesbian ("All men are filthy!") and her star quality is evident.  She even sings the theme song, "Long Time Woman" which later turned up in Jackie Brown.  She went on to star in four films for Hill, including the follow up, The Big Bird Cage, which was released the next year.  

AKA:  Women's Penitentary.

Tags: action, b, exploitation, roger corman, women in prison
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