99 Women

Overview

Jesus Franco's campy women's prison film, though both stereotypical and rare to find in its original version, is worthwhile for genre devotees primarily due to an outstanding cast. Mercedes McCambridge is unintentionally hilarious as sadistic lesbian warden Thelma Diaz, spitting tacky dialogue with exuberant venom in a performance so overbearing that it verges on classic. The plot is standard for the genre, as three women Maria Rohm, Elisa Montes, Luciana Paluzzi are sentenced to an island prison off the ...
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Overview

Jesus Franco's campy women's prison film, though both stereotypical and rare to find in its original version, is worthwhile for genre devotees primarily due to an outstanding cast. Mercedes McCambridge is unintentionally hilarious as sadistic lesbian warden Thelma Diaz, spitting tacky dialogue with exuberant venom in a performance so overbearing that it verges on classic. The plot is standard for the genre, as three women Maria Rohm, Elisa Montes, Luciana Paluzzi are sentenced to an island prison off the Panamanian coast, only to encounter torture, rape, and lesbianism. When sympathetic Warden Caroll Maria Schell replaces Diaz, the prisoners assume that conditions will improve, but their agony only worsens until they decide to escape. Rosalba Neri co-stars, and Herbert Lom runs the corrupt men's prison nearby. 99 Mujeres was heavily censored in various prints, with versions running anywhere between 70 and 108 minutes. Edits running 84, 86, and 94 minutes are most commonly available.
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Special Features

Jess' Women - interview with director Jess Franco; Deleted & alternate scenes; Theatrical trailer; Poster & still gallery; Jess Franco bio
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • UPC: 827058110693
  • Original Release: 1969
  • Rating:

  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Director's Cut
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,410

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maria Schell Leoni
Mercedes McCambridge Thelma
Luciana Paluzzi Nathalie
Herbert Lom Governor
Maria Rohm Marie
Sara (Rosalba Neri) Bay Zoe
Elisa Montes Helga
Maria Perschy
Technical Credits
Jesùs Franco Director
Erwin C. Dietrich Producer
Manuel Merino Cinematographer, Editor
Bruno Nicolai Score Composer
Harry Alan Towers Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/Main Titles [3:38]
2. Introductions [3:47]
3. The Governor [2:23]
4. Bad Dreams [2:53]
5. Dead Girl [2:02]
6. Catfight [4:20]
7. Violated [6:08]
8. New Arrivals [3:04]
9. Punishment Cell [3:47]
10. Confession [5:52]
11. Sympathetic Touch [3:25]
12. Innocent Victim [4:49]
13. Escape Plan [5:21]
14. Prison Brawl [3:01]
15. Alliance [2:33]
16. Over the Wall [4:44]
17. Another Prisoner [5:07]
18. The Cave [2:54]
19. Comfort [4:10]
20. The Men [4:15]
21. Attacked [3:10]
22. Caught [2:49]
23. Revolt [1:41]
24. Goodbye/End Credits [3:24]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Jess' Women - Interview With Director Jess Franco (19 Mins.)
      Deleted & Alternate Scenes
         Scene 1: Marie's Flashback (5 Mins.)
         Scene 2: Zoie's Flashback (16 Mins.)
         Scene 3: Extended Ending (2 Mins.)
         Play All
      Theatrical Trailer
      Poster & Still Galleries
         Posters
         Lobby Cards
         Black & White Stills
         Color Stills
         Pressbook
         Credits
      DVD-ROM
   Play
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