The Big Doll House
The Big Doll House (1971)

Worth the admission price in itself in The Big Doll House are the knock-down, drag-out fights between prisoner Pam Grier and sadistic guard Sid Haig. Beyond this guilty pleasure, however, the film is just another "babes behind… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 11, 1999
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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A first-person lament, the title song establishes that the story will be told sympathetically from the point of view of the female inmates, even if their humiliation and suffering (and their communal showers) are the film's raison d'etre.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

A great, glorious trash classic.

Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Filmed by Hill with a luxuriant eye for the Philippines, an appreciation for offhand poesy, and a rather Sirkian direction of actresses

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Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com

When the skin factor is low, Sid Haig saves the show! Sure, overall it's a piece of crap, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a piece of crap film finer than this one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
During the seventies, legendary producer and distributor Roger Corman started a company and began making exploitation films by the dozen. Thanks to incentives,… More
Cassandra Maples
New meat enters the big house, in the shape of Collier and she learns that it won't be an easy walk in the park. Grear, Alcott, Bodine, Harad and Ferina… More
Tim Salmons
The Big Doll House happens to be one of the really good "women in prison" exploitation classics, from none other than genre director Jack Hill and… More
Anthony Lawrie
Bad acting, dodgy script, rubbish story and questionable characters. Exploitation classic, God bless you Jack Hill! Love the end!
AJ Verser
I've never understood the appeal of the women behind bars genre, but this movie wasn't all that bad, not good, but not horrible.
Ken Stachnik
I liked big bird cage so much better, but the print of this I saw was terrible and that might of had something to do with it.