Caged Heat (Caged Females) (Renegade Girls)
Caged Heat (Caged Females) (Renegade Girls) (1974)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 31, 1974
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Jonathan Demme's debut film is campy, choppy, and generally immature, though his bonding themes are fitfully discernible amid the cartoonish action.

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Fernando F. Croce

Vibrant take on multicultural grindhouse sisterhood

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Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Caged Heat is contractual exploitation, an example of Roger Corman's trademark bargain filmmaking with obligated nudity and violence.

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Time Out

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.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

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The director's peppery edge and humour lift this above the normal drive-in fare and Steele adds punch.

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Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl exploitation film of the women's prison variety that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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TV Guide

An exciting film, and one that proves that even the most exploitative of films can make a relevant statement.

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Brian Mckay

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Doctor Strangeblog
Your eyes do not deceive you - that is THE Jonathan Demme with the director's credit for this Roger Corman exploitation and one of the most influential of… More