Caged Heat

"Women's prison U.S.A. - Rape Riot and Revenge! White Hot Desires melting cold prison steel!"

Caged Heat is the 1974 suspense thriller about women serving time at the brutal and sadistic Connorville Penitentiary. The movie was written and directed by Jonathan Demme, and produced by B movie master Roger Corman. This film was one of the more successful ventures that came out of the exploitative "women in prison" genre from both a critical and financial standpoint. After getting caught with drugs, Jacqueline Wilson (Erica Gavin) is levied a hefty sentence to be served at the hell hole known as Connorville Penitentiary. Shortly after her arrival, Jacqueline meets prison Warden McQueen (Barbara Steele), a ruthless bureaucrat who runs the facility with an iron fist. The guards consist of a group of thugs, who gleefully impose physical and psychological abuse against anyone who disobeys the warden's rules. Dr. Randolph (Warren Miller) is the sadistic prison doctor who enjoys inflicting his own brand of punishment with shock treatments and sexual abuse. Jacqueline initially has a contentious relationship with hardened inmates Belle Tyson (Roberta Collins) and Maggie (Juanita Brown). The trio slowly bond once they realize they must work as a group to bring the warden down. Other inmates Pandora (Ella Reid), Lavelle (Cheryl Smith) and Bernice (Mickey Fox) join in on the plan to escape the prison. After Jacqueline is accused of hatching an escape plot, she is forced into Dr. Randolph's personal torture chamber to undergo some of his cruel treatments. Several days later, Jacqueline and Maggie escape, but decide to go back and rescue Belle. The planned bank robbery, which was part of the plan is foiled by a group of males who inexplicably arrive before them. The ensuing mayhem leads the inmates back to the prison where a shootout occurs. Several inmates, guards and the warden ultimately come to a violent end.

R
| 1974 | 1 hr 23 min | 5.4/10
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Jonathan Demme
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English
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