Caged Heat (Caged Females) (Renegade Girls)
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Caged Heat (Caged Females) (Renegade Girls)
Considered the quintessential "girls in prison" flick of the 1970s, novice director Jonathan Demme's Caged Heat is set in a hellish American woman's penitentiary run by vicious, wheelchair-bound Barbara Steele. Statuesque convict Erica Gavin is forced to undergo horrible (but legal) tortures when she is falsely accused of trying to escape. Gavin and fellow con Juanita Brown decide to make a real break, but return to prison to rescue a friend who is about to be lobotomized by the sadistic prison doctor. Then they stage a robbery, only to find a group of male robbers at the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jonathan Demme's debut film is campy, choppy, and generally immature, though his bonding themes are fitfully discernible amid the cartoonish action."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Contains a skits-within-the-movie sequence that comments on the narrative while also exposing the artificiality, absudity and performance aspect of the 'Women in Prison' trend itself."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The director's peppery edge and humour lift this above the normal drive-in fare and Steele adds punch."
‑ , Film4
"It's no more than passable as a thriller, but the density of invention and energy in other respects is enough to shame a dozen contemporary major studio movies."
‑ , Time Out
"An exciting film, and one that proves that even the most exploitative of films can make a relevant statement."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"an odd but compelling mish-mash of breast parade and hokey action . . . with dark and visceral imagery that lends "Caged Heat" more street cred than it would normally deserve."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Vibrant take on multicultural grindhouse sisterhood"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Caged Heat is contractual exploitation, an example of Roger Corman's trademark bargain filmmaking with obligated nudity and violence."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"You may have heard this was a cheeky women's-prison-movie spoof that's really clever. It's not."
‑ Christopher Null,
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