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Terry (Anitra Ford), a high class bimbo who has slept with half the
gouvernment, just wants to seduce her new date over dinner in a fancy
restaurant, when she is taken by revolutionaries Django (sid Haig) &
Blossom (Pam Grier). Not that she minds terribly much about that (Django:
"I might wanna rape you !" Terry: "You can't, I like
sex."), problem is though that she is eventually arrested as a
revolutionary by the police (while Django & Blossom get away), &
since sleeping herself through the gouvernment hasn't only made her
friends, everybody seems rather keen to not even bring her case to a court
but throw her in the most brutal women's prison there is ... a labour camp
deep deep in the jungle hwere the (female) inmates work in the sugar
plantations, & when they should try to rebel, the chief warden Zappa
(Andres Centenera) has them work the big, wooden sugarmill, that somewhat
resembles ... a bird cage (hence the title).
It doesn't seem too bad in
the camp though since the worst problems the girls have (besides long
working hours) is to get laid, which might be a bit difficult since all
the guards, led by Rocco (Vic Diaz, nothing short of great in this one),
are gay ...
But fear not, Terry, help is on the way, since Django's
revolutionaries have figured they need more women for the revolution (!), but
where to get them from ... ? Well, why not steal them from a women's penitentiary,
so they can disguise it as storming the Bastille (please believe me, I have
made none of this up). So they have Blossom arrested & thrown into
Zappa's little prison, while Django disguises himself as homosexual
looking for a job ... & wouldn't you know it,
within minutes he is hired by Rocco.
Once inside teh pen, Django & Blossom - who has
since taken up leadership of the convicts - prepare a convicts' uprising,
& even though they are eventually betrayed by convict girl Lin (Rizza
Fabia), their plans seem to be (at least at first) a phenomenal success,
with Rocco being gangraped by a group of girls (!), everything going up in
flames, & Zappa being smashed by his own sugarmill.
But once Django
& the girls try to get away, one after the other have to leave their
lives, including Django & Blossom, & in the end only Terry &
another girl make it to the meeting-point with the revolutionaries (who
for some reason didn't storm their Bastille after all, after having made
plans to storm their Bastille) ...
The New World Women
in Prison-movies starring Pam Grier (e.g. Big
Doll House, Black Mama, White Mama), mostly filmed in the Philippines
(like this one), were not really known for subtleties (or intelligent
scripts for that matter), but they transmitted a certain raw, in-your-face
sleaziness that made them somewhat likeable (if you are at all someone who
might like such a thing) ... & while all this can also be said about
this film, Big
Bird Cage gives its material a tongue-in-cheek treatment that
easily sets it apart from the rest, & gives it a certain freshness:
The script never even tries to obscure the fact that it is all just about
showing some violence & tits and ass, the story only makes sense when
told as a joke, & the scenes between Sid Haig & Vic Diaz are just
priceless. Not to be missed.