The Big Bird Cage - Trailer - In English.
The Big Bird Cage - Opening Scene - In English.
The Big Bird Cage (1972) - Longer Video Of Highlights - In English.
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In this (WIP) exploitative women's prison drama "The Big Bird Cage (1972), the "birds" in "the big bird cage" are, clearly, women. Even though there is a structure that is referred to as a bird cage in the movie.
Terry, (Anitra Ford) a social-climbing young woman accidently gets caught up in the activities of two revolutionaries, Blossom (Pam Grier) and Django (Sid Haig), and finds herself in a concentration camp for women. In the center of the camp is a towering wooden machine ("The Big Bird Cage") in which the women risk their lives processing sugar as the evil warden looks on. The prisoners are subjected to sadistic cruelty from the guards and fellow prisoners, and all attempts at escape are dealt with in only one fashion, permanently.
Pam Grier plays Blossom, the machine gun-toting girlfriend of revolutionary leader Django (Sid Haig). His fellow revolutionaries want girlfriends too, or more to the point whores.
So Django and Blossom make plans to liberate the nearby women's prison, a grueling sugar mill work camp run by the high-strung Warden Zappa (Andres Centenera). Slender babe Terry, a free-spirited nymphomaniac whose bedding of important political figures has landed her in the prison, and who together with Blossom makes plans for the big, explosion-packed breakout. Grier and Ford are both dynamite with their bad attitudes and skimpy prison attire, and there are plenty of catfights--both in and out of the mud, and showers.
Director/Writer Jack Hilll followed up his genre-defining women-in-prison film The Big Doll House with this action-packed sequel, also starring Pam Grier and set in the Philippines. Even though it is not a sequel, it could have been very easy to make it one.
At the beginning of the film, when Terry is taken to the prison by boat. The cove that she is dropped off at is the same one that was subsequently used for the location of the Kurtz compound in Apocalypse Now (1979) (both films were shot in the Philippines).
This film was passed by uncut, rated 18, in the UK by the BBFC in 2000. It was previously cut by 2 minutes 45 seconds.
The Big Bird Cage is more dramatically sound than most WIP films, and while it isn't quite as sadistic as some, there's no lack for feral action and its tastelessness is tongue-in-cheek.
Perennial Filipino character star Vic Diaz and Subas Herrero ham it up as homosexual guards, swishing and preening when not doling out punishment. Vic Diaz only acts homosexual to get in with one of the guards, so that he can get the women out of the prison in an elaborate escape attempts.
Having turned a tidy profit on Women in Cages and a tidier profit still on The Big Doll House (1971), Roger Corman swiftly put Jane Schaffer and Jack Hill, the producer and director of the latter film, to work preparing a follow-up. The Big Bird Cage is a solid genre (Women In Prison) effort that doesn't insult its audience's intelligence.
Also Known As (AKA)
- Mujeres Enjauladas - Unknown
- Women's Penitentiary II - Unknown
As Blossom and Terry, along with the other new arrivals are brought into the prison compound, the guards leading them stop. The head guard points towards a woman who is handing by her hair from a type of scaffolding. Her hands tied to her sides. "That is the type of punishment that can be expected if you do not obey your every command."
They can see, but not hear the poor woman being whipped with a bull whip. Crack. "EEEEEIIIIIOOOOO." Crack. "EEEEEIIIIIOOOOO." Crack. "EEEEEIIIIIOOOOO." Crack. "EEEEEIIIIIOOOOO." Crack. "EEEEEIIIIIOOOOO." Crack. "EEEEEIIIIIOOOOO." Crack. "EEEEEIIIIIOOOOO." Crack. "EEEEEIIIIIOOOOO." Crack. "EEEEEIIIIIOOOOO."
The small group notices that the woman had passed out. But her torment doesn't stop. The guard continues to whip her irregardless of her being unconscious.
Blossom didn’t expect that the prison would be this barbaric. She has peed herself. Her legs get wobbly and she runs for it. She has changed her mind about being the inside man, so to speak, for the escape attempt she and her lover Django, are to orchestrate.
Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack.
The main guard of their group sees this and points to another guard. "After the bitch."
Blossom is chased through the jungle for a few minutes before she is re-captured by her pursuer. As she is dragged back to the ground, the main guard points to the scaffolding. Take her over there, strip her. I'll be back shortly to begin her punishment."
As Blossom is lead over to the scaffolding the main guard takes the others to the warden.
Blossom is strung up by her hair and stripped naked. "Oh god no, get your hands off of me. You can't do this to me."
The guard who is stripping her rubs his hand over her ass. "That's one fine black ass you have my dear. It's a pity that it's about to get peeled with a whip."
"No. No. Get your hands off me. You can't do this to me."
About ten minutes later, Warden Zappa comes to beat Blossom. He has a grudge to settle with her from when she was a revolutionary soldier. He stands in front of her. "Well. Well Blossom. We meet again. This time under different circumstances. This time it's me who have you in my grip."
Blossom and her lover Django had captured him and Blossom had beaten the shit out of Warden Zappa. The warden hadn't seen Django, only Blossom, so he had no idea what Django looks like.
Blossom is looking down at Warden Zappa, as the warden removes his belt. I think for you first beating, 15 with my belt will do you a world of good. Try to escape from my prison will you."
He steps back and raises the belt in the air, bringing its full force down onto Blossoms fat black backside. Crack. "Yeeeeeeow." Crack. "Yeeeeeeow." Crack. "Yeeeeeeow. No. No Stop this." Crack. "Yeeeeeeow." Crack. "Yeeeeeeow." Crack. "Yeeeeeeow. Oh god I'm so sorry for beating you." Crack. "Yeeeeeeow." Crack. "Yeeeeeeow. Please don't whip me. I'll never try to escape again. Never." Crack. "Yeeeeeeow." Crack. "Yeeeeeeow."
Blossom's horror only continues. The warden’s belt makes firm contact with her ass and she screams out in pain. Her legs kicking about as she is beaten. Again she loses her bladders control and pisses herself.
Crack. "Yeeeeeeow." Crack. "Yeeeeeeow." Crack. "Yeeeeeeow." Crack. "Yeeeeeeow." Crack. "Yeeeeeeow."
Once Warden Zappa is through with her beating he turns to the guard who had beaten the other women. Blossom cries. "Boo Hoo Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo Boo Hoo."
"She is to be cut down tomorrow morning and put to work in the Bird Cage. If she needs to be punished in the future, bring her hide to me, I'll do it."
The guard bows to Warden Zappa. "Yes Warden."
Warden Zappa's leaves. The guard walks up to Blossom and rubs her sore ass. "AAAAAA. AAAAAA. AAAAAA. AAAAAA."