The Big Doll House

The Big Doll House

The Big Doll House is a 1971 American women-in-prison film starring Pam Grier, Judy Brown, Roberta Collins, Brooke Mills, and Pat Woodell. The film follows six female inmates through daily life in a gritty, unidentified supra-ropical prison. Later the same year, the film Women in Cages featured a similar story and setting and much the same cast, and was shot in the same abandoned prison buildings. A nonsequel follow-up, titled The Big Bird Cage, was released in 1972.


Collier (Brown) enters prison, having been found guilty of killing her husband. She is introduced to the beautiful occupants of her cell, doing time for crimes ranging from political insurgency to heroin addiction. The women often clash, which leads to their torture by sadistic guard Lucian (Kathryn Loder). The torture ceremonies are viewed by an impassive cloaked figure.

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    director Jack Hill
    editor Cliff Fenneman
    keywords heroin heroin addiction kill prison warden torture
    musicBy Hall Daniels
    producer Jane Schaffer
    productionCompany New World Pictures
    publisher New World Pictures
    recordedAt Philippines
    theme exploitation prison women in prison