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Jennifer (Linda Carol) and Lisa (Sherri Stoner) are the new girls in a
women's prison, and while Lisa always seems to be at the edge of breaking
down, Jennifer is tough as nails from day one, and immediately butts heads
with the prison warden Edna (Pat Ast) and her favourite inmate Charlie
(Wendy O.Williams) - even if all Jennifer wants is fair treatment for all
Jennifer soon finds an open ear with prison psychiatrist Doc Norton
(Charlotte McGinnis), but soon enough has to learn the good doctor is all
talk and simply can't put up with warden Edna or the prison's head Sutter
(Sybil Danning) ... and Edna as well as Sutter want to break Jennifer, so
they use every excuse to put her into solitary or hand out harsh
punishments ... and mostly, Jennifer provides those excuses herself, since
she is always on the brink of starting a fight, smuggles a kittie into the
prison (which is strictly forbidden), and once even tries to break out.
After Edna has finally managed to break Lisa, Lisa throws herself off
the prisons watchtower, but when Doc Norton wants to file a report to the
commission, she is only fired, but before she goes she ensures
Jennifer to be her witness in a hearing ... which of course Edna and
Sutter can't allow, so before the hearing, they put Jennifer into solitary
and brutally torture her ... instead they provide the commission with a
few witnesses loyal to them.
And they would have gotten through with it too, had not Jennifer
somehow gotten out of solitary and started a prison riot ... which the
commission doesn't take easily to - especially when Edna shows her true
colours as the sadistic warden that she is ...
In the end though, Edna dies on top of a burning watchtower, Doc Norton
is reinstalled as prison psychiatrist, whatever happens to Sutter is not
clear, and Jennifer is released ... probably as a thank you for starting a
Nothing much new in this women in prison flick, actually it's pretty
much same old same old from beginning to end, and it contains nothing we
haven't seen better, rougher, more explicite or more imaginative elsewhere
... still, there are much worse women in prison flicks out there. Also,
none of the actresses is really good: Linda Carol just looks too darn cute
(in a conventional way) to come off as tough-as-nails, Wendy O.Williams -
despite ahving a great body and wearing very little throughout the film -
looks a tad too old for her role, Pat Ast overacts with gusto but is too
much of a caricature to convince, and Sybil Danning is just given too
little to do to show what a bitch she can be.
What makes this one kind of endearing though is the fact that it
refuses to take itself too seriously, and is so blunt in some scenes (e.g.
when Jennifer first enters the dorm and all the girls are in lingerie)
that one can't help giggling.