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Caged Heat

Promotional poster for Caged Heat
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Produced by Samuel W. Gelfman
Evelyn Purcell
Roger Corman
Written by Jonathan Demme
Starring Juanita Brown
Roberta Collins
Erica Gavin
Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith
Music by John Cale
Cinematography Tak Fujimoto
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release date(s) 1974
Running time 83 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $180,000
Followed by Caged Heat II: Stripped of Freedom

Caged Heat (alternate title: Renegade Girls) is a 1974 exploitation film in the women-in-prison genre. It was written and directed by Jonathan Demme for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. The film stars Erica Gavin, Roberta Collins, Juanita Brown, Rainbeaux Smith, Desireé Cousteau and Barbara Steele. John Cale wrote and performed the film's soundtrack, which prominently features the guitar playing of Mike Bloomfield.

Two sequels, Caged Heat II: Stripped of Freedom (1994) and Caged Heat 3000 (1995), borrow the Caged Heat name and women-in-prison setting, but are otherwise unrelated movies.

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Premise

The film centers on Gavin's character, Jacqueline Wilson, who is sentenced to a women's prison on drug-related charges. She bonds with a group of her fellow prisoners and fights the repressive tactics of the warden, played by Steele.

Critique

Caged Heat is Demme's directorial debut. Producer Roger Corman, feeling uncomfortable with the content of his company's previous "women in prison" films, asked Demme to come up with a script that brought something new to the genre, while still providing the violence and nudity that audiences would require. New elements included a satirical approach, and the casting of the sadistic warden as a female.[1] Demme also incorporated elements of liberal politics, feminism, and social consciousness. Because of this, and because of its place in Demme's filmography, some critics consider Caged Heat to be more interesting than run-of-the-mill women-in-prison movies.[2]

Further reading

  • Bliss, Michael, and Banks, Christina: What Goes Around Comes Around: The Films of Jonathan Demme (1996): ISBN 0-8093-1984-5

References

  1. ^ Maltin, Leonard. "Roger Corman Interview". Caged Heat [Motion Picture, DVD version]. USA: New Concorde
  2. ^ [1]. TV Guide Movie Reviews. Accessed 25 Jul 2009

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