The Hot Box

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The Hot Box
Directed byJoe Viola
Produced byJonathan Demme
Written byJoe Viola
Jonathan Demme
StarringCarmen Argenziano
Music byRestie Umali
Distributed byNew World Pictures
Release date
  • May 1972 (1972-05)
CountryUnited States

The Hot Box is a 1972 women in prison film from Joe Viola and Jonathan Demme, who had previously made Angels Hard as They Come (1971) for New World Pictures. It was shot in the Philippines and was originally known as The Prescription Revolution.[2]


Four American nurses working in the Republic of San Rosario are kidnapped by a band of guerillas.



The film came about because Roger Corman had a production deal in the Philippines with a young producer there, Cirio Santiago. Corman wanted to give Santiago a story outline and Viola did up a treatment in an afternoon, which became the film. Jonathan Demme shot some second unit footage, which impressed Roger Corman enough to support Demme's debut as director, Caged Heat (1974).[3]

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  1. ^ Chris Nashawaty, Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses - Roger Corman: King of the B Movie, Abrams, 2013 p 106
  2. ^ Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 38
  3. ^ 'Corman on Demme', Storefront Demme accessed 17 June 2012

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