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Big Doll House
     

Big Doll House

Director: Jack Hill,

Cast: Jack Davis, Jerry Frank, Kathryn Loder

 

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Jack Hill directed this alternately brutal and campy look at desperate women behind bars. An American named Collier (Judy Brown) has been convicted of murder in the Philippines and is sentenced to a grim women's prison in the jungle, where a mysterious German woman, Miss Deitrich (Christiane Schmidtmer), is the warden, and her head guard, sadistic Lucian (Katheryn

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Jack Hill directed this alternately brutal and campy look at desperate women behind bars. An American named Collier (Judy Brown) has been convicted of murder in the Philippines and is sentenced to a grim women's prison in the jungle, where a mysterious German woman, Miss Deitrich (Christiane Schmidtmer), is the warden, and her head guard, sadistic Lucian (Katheryn Loder), keeps her charges in line through intimidation and violence. Collier shares a cell with tough-talking bisexual prostitute Grear (Pam Grier), hard-boiled political prisoner Bodine (Pat Woodell), thick-skinned but good-humored Alcott (Roberta Collins), drug-addicted Harrad (Brooke Mills), and tight-lipped Ferina (Gina Stuart). Bodine's boyfriend is the leader of an underground revolutionary faction, and when she learns he and his comrades are in danger, she begins to plot an escape for herself and her cellmates, with travelling peddlers Harry (Sid Haig) and Fred (Jerry Frank) becoming her unwitting collaborators. Meanwhile, Lucian is stepping up her torture of the prisoners at the behest of a mysterious masked stranger, and Collier is determined to find out who is behind the systematic brutality. The Big Doll House was the first "Women In Prison" exploitation epic produced for Roger Corman's New World Pictures; it was a big hit on the dive-in and grind house circuit, and spawned dozens of imitations (which are still being produced today). By the way, that's Pam Grier singing the theme song!

Product Details

Release Date:
12/26/2005
UPC:
0786936695557
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Leonard Maltin interview with Roger Corman; Original trailer; Cast biographies

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Davis Dr. Phillips
Jerry Frank Fred
Kathryn Loder Lucian
Pam Grier Grear
Judy Brown Collier
Sid Haig Harry
Roberta Collins Alcott
Charles Davis Dr. Phillips
Brooke Mills Harrad
Christiane Schmidtmer Miss Dietrich
Patricia Woodell Bodine

Technical Credits
Jack Hill Director
Baxter Score Composer
Freddie Conde Cinematographer
Roger Corman Producer
Hall Daniels Score Composer
Ben Otico Producer,Production Designer
Barbara Pokras Editor
Eddie Romero Producer
Cirio Santiago Producer
Jane Schaffer Producer
Don Spencer Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Big Doll House
1. Opening Credits [5:42]
2. Meet the Dolls [2:28]
3. Just a Scared Kid [2:04]
4. Alcott Steps Out [3:11]
5. Roach Racing [4:55]
6. Fred and Harry Deliver [2:43]
7. All Men Are Filthy [2:17]
8. Rice Paddy Laborers [2:02]
9. Torture Chamber [5:04]
10. Morning Shower [3:16]
11. Loverboy, Get to Work [3:06]
12. Doctor, Help Me [5:55]
13. Mud Wrestling [3:05]
14. Plotting an Escape [2:29]
15. Mess Hall Riot [3:04]
16. Wake the Cobra [3:28]
17. It's Like a Vice [4:09]
18. The Hot Box [4:40]
19. Grear Gets It [3:03]
20. Snake Torture [4:19]
21. Big Doll Break Out [8:15]
22. Crashing the Gate [4:36]
23. Bodine Blasts Away [7:36]
24. Alcott's Revenge [2:51]

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