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Barbed Wire Dolls (1976)

Frauengefängnis (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 1977 (USA)
Women's prison tale, with Lina Romay as Maria who is jailed after killing her father, played by director Jess Franco, who tries to rape her. Lesbian wardens, torture, nudity, sex, insanity and conspiracy round out the formula.

Director:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)

Writers:

Jesús Franco, Connie Grau (script) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lina Romay ... Maria
Paul Muller ... Carlos Costa (as Paul Müller)
Monica Swinn ... The Wardress (as Monika Swinn)
Roger Darton Roger Darton ... Milton
Ronald Weiss Ronald Weiss ... The Warden
Martine Stedil ... Bertha
Eric Falk ... Nestor / Guard
Peggy Markoff Peggy Markoff ... Pompadour (as Peggy Markhoff)
Beni Cardoso ... Rosaria
Raymond Hardy Raymond Hardy ... José (as Ray Hardy)
Nathalie Mann Nathalie Mann
Denis Torre Denis Torre
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Storyline

A prison in an isolated island is run by spineless and equally sadistic Dr. Carlos Costaa. In fact, he is a killer who murdered the actual doctor of that name, whose name he then assumed. Assisting him is a monocled lesbian woman known only as The Wardress who regulates the prison with an iron fist - for example, via chaining them naked to a wall just out of reach of food, or placing them naked on a wire-frame bed where they receive electric shocks. She reads Nazi volumes such as Albert Speer's history of the Third Reich as leisure reading. Due to these torturing several prisoners in the past have died. The current authorities in charge of the prison have concealed this by claiming these prisoners died of heart failure. Maria is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her sexually abusive father. Upon her arrival at the prison, she meets this cold-blooded, sadistic wardress and Dr. Costa. Some time later Maria organizes a plan to rebel and escape. Written by lament

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Girl Inmates Learn Quickly, You Give in to the Sex-Mad Warden ... Or Die ... See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barbed Wire Dolls See more »

Filming Locations:

Honduras

Company Credits

Production Co:

Elite Film See more »
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Runtime:

| (cut) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Muller, the Swiss actor who played Carlos Costa, was dubbed by Gerd Duwner. See more »

Quotes

[Maria finds a dead mouse under the food on her plate]
Maria da Guerra: Ah! A mouse!
Guard: What's wrong?
Maria da Guerra: I found a mouse here on my plate. Look at it!
Guard: So what? It adds protein to your diet.
[Guard pushes Maria's face onto the plate]
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Alternate Versions

The film was rejected for cinema (as "Caged Women") by the BBFC in 1976 and then passed with heavy cuts under the same title the following year. The 2004 Anchor Bay DVD release (as "Barbed Wire Dolls") was cut by 41 secs to remove shots of explicit sexual penetration. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Ilsa, the Wicked Warden (2014) See more »

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It made me want to watch Ilsa instead
6 May 2009 | by a_dancersdreamSee all my reviews

Now some people are complaining about the lack of plot, however there is a plot; a weak one, but yes it is there. Most characters are pulled from Ilsa - The Wicked Warden (another Franco movie) and yet all I wanted was for Dyanne Thorne to play a cameo. As a fan of exploitation movies such as Ilsa, I was hoping this was going to be something familiar. And by 'something familiar' I don't mean the same characters and same set. I'm looking for new torture, new sleaze and the like. Other then super fake electrical shocks there is none of that. Just badly dubbed naked girls who pretend to masturbate. If that's what I was looking for then I suppose I would have to have rated this movie more then a 4/10 but it was a little to soft-core for me. And for that I apologize.


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