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104 Ratings

Caged Heat

Directed by Jonathan Demme
United States, 1974
Crime, Action, LGBT+


A girl is caught in a drug bust and sent to the hoosegow. The iron-handed superintendent takes exception to a skit performed by the girls and takes punitive steps…
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Caged Heat Directed by Jonathan Demme

Critics reviews

While Caged Heat is an appropriately campy genre exercise, Demme’s characteristic conscientiousness nevertheless comes through in his treatment of his characters and some playful subversion of gender roles.
April 29, 2017
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Though produced under the auspices of the Code, Caged covers everything from sexual bartering to recidivism and penal corruption with a frankness that inspires shivers and awe.
January 23, 2017
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The Grand Illusion of the gals-behind-bars bin, or at the very least it’s The Battle of Algiers. The setting isn’t the Third World mud-wrestling pits of the usual AIP potboiler, but the Southern California of “agricultural therapy,” roadside motels and bank robbers in Disney masks: Jonathan Demme’s America… An assembly of ribald jokes, a constant flow of human harmonies amid the mayhem, a revolution envisioned bursting through the walls and leaving the guards with pants around their ankles.
January 01, 2010
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