Chained for Life

Siamese twins are accused of murder in this campy exploitation film.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 21 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: May 25, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1952
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Entertainment Reviews:


User Ratings: 91
Rating: 2/5 -- Lame, cheap exploitation picture. Curio value only.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Feb 12, 2004
Stake[s] out supposedly serious territory to justify our own morbid fascination in the subject
May 24, 2006
Rating: 57/100 -- [It] becomes something of a freak show. There's little here beyond the twins' unique condition to warrant viewing the film, which somewhat undercuts the overall message of assimilation. Full Review
Aug 4, 2011
Rating: 3/5 -- Fascinating, forgotten exploitation curio.
Film Threat
Dec 8, 2002

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Siamese twins Vivian and Dorothy Hamilton (played by real-life conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton of Tod Browning's Freaks) expose the dark secrets and intimate moments of their lives in this unflinching expose. Employable only as circus performers, the sisters live and love in a world not made for them. One is a desperate romantic, the other a cold-blooded killer. When Dorothy commits an unthinkable crime of passion, the courts must decide if they can execute both sisters for the sins of one.

Low-budget auteur Harry L. Fraser (White Gorilla, I Accuse My Parents) hit exploitation pay-dirt when he convinced the Hilton twins to return to film after their debut in Freaks. Advertised as "The only female Siamese Twins ever!," the sisters allowed Fraser to exploit every aspect of their deformity.

Product Description:

Starring the Hilton sisters, who are joined at the hip, this story is based on a Mark Twain story called "Those Amazing Twins" in which one of the twins is convicted of a crime and both must face conviction though one is innocent. This film is so appalling it has become a novelty of sorts.

Plot Synopsis:

One of a pair of Siamese twins is convicted of murder and the other twin, although innocent, must spend her life imprisoned with her sister.


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chained for life Movie Lover: from edgein -- May, 12, 2005

This is one of the true classics. The Hilton Sisters' acting ability is matched only by their wonderful singing. A must have for fans of TRUE entertainment.

The Hilton Sister's First Movie Movie Lover: from Twinsburg, Ohio -- August, 23, 2004

Not those Hilton Sisters! The original Hiltons were simease twins who toured in Vaudville trying to stay alive.

This movie is not as dramatic as the cover makes it seem. It is in fact 75% of nothing except the vaudvillians working with the Hilton's at the time doing their acts.

Some long stertches of film are spent watching a juggler, an accordionist (does two tunes!) and then the Hilton's will do a song or two (the same song three times).

There is a really thin murder plot line which you kind of see coming up the block but there is no mystery .

Historicly it might be worth the watch. There are acts which will never be seen again. There is one dream sequence when Helen (Daisy) visualizes not being attached to Dorothy (Violet) any longer. The camera work is masterful in using another actress to portray Helen dancing alone in the garden, and cleverly avoiding Dorothy in the close-ups. It may seem over-simplified now but there was no computer to generate the images back then...

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  • Sales Rank: 18,385
  • UPC: 089218441898
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