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US theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jesus Franco|
|Produced by||Erwin C. Dietrich|
|Written by||Jesus Franco
|Music by||Walter Baumgartner
|Edited by||Peter Baumgartner
|Distributed by||Aquarius Releasing|
Frauengefängnis (released in the US as Barbed Wire Dolls and in the UK as Caged Women) is a 1975 Swiss horror film directed by Jesus Franco. It is part of the women in prison cycle of violent sexploitation films that flourished in the 1970s and early 1980s.
When originally submitted for release in 1976, the British Board of Film Classification rejected it. It was only passed the following year after extensive cuts.
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Cult director Jesus Franco's Swiss-West German production is a women's prison tale, with Lina Romay as Maria who is jailed after killing her father, played by director Jesus Franco, who tries to rape her. Lesbian wardens, torture, nudity, sex, insanity, conspiracy and a downbeat twist ending round out the formula.
- Lina Romay ... Maria da Guerra
- Monica Swinn ... The Wardress (as Monika Swinn)
- Paul Muller ... Carlos Costa (as Paul Müller)
- Ramon Ardid (Raymond Hardy) ... José (as Ray Hardy)
- Roger Darton ... Milton Warren
- Ronald Weiss ... The Warden
- Martine Stedil ... Bertha Contrini
- Eric Falk ... Nestor
- Peggy Markoff ... Pompadour (as Peggy Markhoff)
- Nathalie Mann
- Denis Torre
- Jesús Franco ... Maria's Father (uncredited)
- Beni Cardoso ... Rosaria Cortina
- Judith Mayne (2000). Framed: lesbians, feminists, and media culture. University of Minnesota Press. p. 131. ISBN 0-8166-3456-4.
- Tatjana Pavlović (2003). Despotic bodies and transgressive bodies: Spanish culture from Francisco Franco to Jesús Franco. SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian thought and culture. SUNY Press. p. 117. ISBN 0-7914-5569-6.
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