In the tradition of its femmes-behind-bars forerunners, this remake of the Warner Bros. genre landmark "Caged" is reform-minded in its story and spiked with provocatively pitched elements (including a doozy of a catfight riot).
In the tradition of its femmes-behind-bars forerunners, this remake of the Warner Bros. genre landmark Caged is reform-minded in its story and spiked with provocatively pitched elements (including a doozy of a catfight riot).
"Secrets of the Cells! Innocents Thrown in with Female Bully-Boys!" shouted movie ads. Erica (Shirley Knight) is one of the innocents, pregnant and unjustly locked up for a five-year stint. She gives birth, her child is ultimately taken from her and she uses her wiles to win favor with the warden (Andrew Duggan). Eager to continue the tryst, he denies her parole -- a decision that destroys Erica's reunion with her child and escalates into events that drive the so-called weaker sex to lash out. Payback is in the House!
In this prison drama, a remake of CAGED, HOUSE OF WOMEN (1950), a pregnant woman is wrongly convicted of armed robbery. She is sentenced to five years in prison. After her child is born, the inmate is allowed to keep it. She then has three years to earn parole. If she does not, the babe will be put up for adoption. When the prison warden finds himself attracted to the woman, he makes her his personal maid. Time passes and he falls in love with her resulting in better treatment for the other prisoners. Three years pass and the woman's parole seems assured until the sadistic warden, not wanting to lose the woman he loves, decrees that she will not be paroled and that all imprisoned mothers will lose custody of their children. This harsh action spawns a bloody revolt amongst the inmates. It is the brave woman that quells the uprising. Later media coverage of the event results in her release. The warden is fired.
Prison / Prisoners |
Women In Prison
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