Recently aired in widescreen on the Flix cable channel, Hotel Oklahoma is a flawed but intriguing entry in the women behind bars genre. An interesting if unbelievable plot device half way through the proceedings will keep your attention, and the cast is obviously trying hard. Unfortunately, the film can't decide whether its a caper film, a serious prison expose, or just another exploitation flick, leaving me ultimately unsatisfied. Lead Kristen Cloke provides most of the highlights as, erm, Kristen, a working class gal who takes the fall for her clueless but generally good hearted criminal boyfriend (David Keith). Karen Black is completely wasted in a small role as a loony prisoner who, er, relieves herself on Kristen before getting off the prison bus, and Ray Sharkey doesn't have much to do other than help set up the aforementioned plot device. This is an interesting but inessential effort from director Robert Houston, who kicked off his film career as one of the victims in Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes.
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