Our Rating: ★★★½☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: Campy parody of women in prison films. Stars Anne Heche.
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Year: 1994
Duration: 83 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: R
Director: John McNaughton
Writer: Samuel Fuller, Christa Lang
Starring: Missy Crider, Anne Heche, Ione Skye, Nicolette Scorsese, Bahni Turpin, Jon Polito, Nestor Serrano, Miguel Sandoval, Richmond Arquette, Raymond O’Connor, Tom Towles, William Boyett, Angie Rae McKinney, Diane McGee, Harvey Chao

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Girls in Prison

This campy film was made as a parody of the classic women in prison and film noir styles and features Anne Heche (Wild Side, If These Walls Could Talk I and II) in a pre-Ellen role. It’s 1952, and Carol (Ione Sky) and Melba (Bahni Turpin) are both in prison for murder. Melba gets a new cellmate, Aggie (Missy Crider), who is young and was framed for murder by Jennifer (Heche). Aggie gets the once over like fresh meat during her first group shower, where she watches Melba and Carol making out.

In a complicated plot, Jennifer changes her appearance and gets herself put in prison so that she can kill Aggie. Heche really struts her naked self in the shower. In the end, Jennifer is found out, and Aggie gets released from prison. This is a fun piece of film and definitely missing any of the inmate rape or sadistic warden stuff often seen in the real women in prison pieces. (AB)