The Big Bird Cage

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The Big Bird Cage
Big bird cage.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Joseph Smith
Directed byJack Hill
Produced byCirio H. Santiago
Jane Schaffer
Written byJack Hill
StarringPam Grier
Sid Haig
Anitra Ford
Vic Diaz
Music byWilliam Allen Castleman
William Loose
CinematographyFelipe Sacdalan
Edited byJere Huggins
James Mitchell
Distributed byNew World Pictures
Release date
  • July 22, 1972 (1972-07-22)
Running time
88 min.
CountriesUnited States

The Big Bird Cage is a 1972 American exploitation film of the "women in prison" subgenre.[1] It serves as a non-sequel follow-up to the 1971 film The Big Doll House. The film was written and directed by Jack Hill, and stars Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Anitra Ford, and Carol Speed.[1]


Blossom (Pam Grier), a buxom bad girl, is the rough-and-ready girlfriend of a radical guerrilla leader, Django (Sid Haig). She rather keeps her relationship a secret, but is also quick to start a fight without knowing it. However, when Django's mercenary friends itch for some female companionship, she softens and the two devise a plan to liberate the inmates of a local women's prison, where the inmates are kept barefoot and subjected to brutally hard labor. A woman named Terry (Anitra Ford), a social climber, ends up in the prison herself because of Blossom and Django's earlier robbery. She is now forced to deal with crazy inmates, gay guards, and torture of the cage. Terry, Blossom, and Django (who busted in by seducing Rocco, one of the guards) eventually come together to face off against the warden Zappa (Andrés Centenera) to stage an explosive breakout.


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