Caged Heat

Caged Heat

Director: Jonathan Demme

Cast: Desiree Cousteau, Mickey Fox, Keisha

     
 

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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 convict Erica Gavin is forced to undergo horrible (but legal) tortures when she is falsely accused of trying to escape. Gavin and fellow con

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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 convict Erica Gavin is forced to undergo horrible (but legal) tortures when she is falsely accused of trying to escape. Gavin and fellow con Juanita Brown decide to make a real break, but return to prison to rescue a friend who is about to be lobotomized by the sadistic prison doctor. Then they stage a robbery, only to find a group of male robbers at the bank ahead of them. A final shootout in the prison yards brings the film to a bloody climax. Caged Heat was also released under the title Renegade Girls.

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All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
The award-winning director of Silence of the Lambs began his career, as have many of today's hottest filmmakers, working for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. This film, produced by Demme's wife Evelyn Purcell, is one of the best of the tacky women's prison subgenre. Erica Gavin is sent up the river on a trumped-up charge, only to go through the usual degradations at the hands of her fellow prisoners and wheelchair-bound warden McQueen (cult queen Barbara Steele). Steele has a bizarre cabaret-style fantasy sequence that is the film's highlight, and there are enough catfights, molestations, and other indignities to keep fans happy. Well-paced and cleverly written, the film also looks good thanks to the work of award-winning cinematographer Tak Fujimoto.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/26/2005
UPC:
0786936695540
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:19:00

Special Features

Cast & crew biographies; Leonard Maltin's enclusive interview with Roger Corman; Original trailer; Full screen (1.33:1; Dolby Digital mono

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Desiree Cousteau Actor
Mickey Fox Actor
Keisha Actor
Erica Gavin Jackie Wilson
Gary Goetzman Sparky
Juanita Brown Maggie
Barbara Steele McQueen
Cheryl Smith Lavelle
John Aprea Dream Man
Ella Reid Pandora
Roberta Collins Belle Tyson
Amy Barrett Amy
Warren Miller Randolph
Toby Carr Rafelson Pinter
Hugh Corcoran Sharpshooter
Jim Watkins Sharpshooter
Carol Terry Kitchen Guard
Patrick Wright Cop at Gas Station
George Armitage Family in Car
Lynda Gold Crazy Alice
Carmen Argenziano Undercover Wrestler
Gary Littlejohn Cop at Bank
Hal Marshall Bank Guard
Joe Viola Sports Car Driver
Mike Gray Gate Guard
Gene Borkan Actor

Technical Credits
Jonathan Demme Director,Screenwriter
John Cale Score Composer
Roger Corman Producer
Johanna Demetrakas Editor
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Samuel W. Gelfman Executive Producer
Carolyn Hicks Editor
Evelyn Purcell Producer
Charles Spurgeon Special Effects
Eric Thiermann Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Caged Heat
1. Opening/Busted [5:35]
2. Caged [3:30]
3. Jackie [1:12]
4. Friends & Foes [2:20]
5. Nightmares [4:05]
6. Dirty Jokes [4:03]
7. Warden McQueen [3:50]
8. Wet n' Wild [2:43]
9. Punishment [6:18]
10. Rebellion [3:19]
11. Therapy [4:32]
12. Belle [2:34]
13. Escape [2:27]
14. Out! [3:49]
15. On the Run [3:41]
16. The Doctor [4:25]
17. Rehabiliation [3:50]
18. Heist [3:25]
19. A Palm [1:39]
20. Breaking In [1:47]
21. Discoveries [4:38]
22. Breaking Out [1:51]
23. Showdown [3:06]
24. End Credits [:48]

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