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Big Doll House, The (1971)

“Their bodies were caged . . . but not their desires”

An early example of the women-in-prison picture, a 1970s genre that was generally regarded as too hot for the UK.

The extremely popular Pam Grier is a tough lesbian hooker named Grear – and also sings the theme song, Long Time Woman. It was her first major role after being in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

Grear and four other tough ladies – including Collier, played by top-billed redhead, Judith Brown – generally do what is expected of them: fight, have showers, try to escape and so on.

bigdollhouse_001Roger Corman protégé Jack Hill shot it cheaply in the Philippines, the location for many exploitation films of the period.

Unwatchable trash or a cult classic, depending on your attitude.

The Big Bird Cage (1972) was a follow-up with most of the same cast.

Judith Brown
Roberta Collins
Pam Grier
Brooke Mills
Pat Woodell
Sid Haig
Miss Dietrich
Christiane Schmidtmer

Jack Hill