The Big Doll House
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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 bars" opus. Treated like excrement, the girls (all of whom appear to have had recent breast implants) plot a daring escape. Director Jack Hill is a specialist in this sort of sleazy fare, so there's very little waste footage during the climactic breakout. Whether the film is worth watching is entirely up to the viewer.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"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."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"A great, glorious trash classic."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Filmed by Hill with a luxuriant eye for the Philippines, an appreciation for offhand poesy, and a rather Sirkian direction of actresses"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"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."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
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