People Staff
October 25, 1982 12:00 PM

Sleazy, sickeningly exploitive and made on the very cheap, this film uses one of America’s most painful problems—its prison system—solely as an excuse to parade out scenes of sadism, degradation and sex. It would all be beneath contempt were it not for the presence of some people who, heretofore at least, had reputations to protect. Directed by Tom (Prison Girls) De Simone, it stars Jill St. John as a women’s prison warden, Nita (Bundle of Joy) Talbot as her deputy and, as the inmates’ “queen,” Barbara (The Devil at 4 O’Clock) Luna, whose presence makes the joint look more like a home for aging starlets than a penal institution. Peter (TV’s Lawman) Brown appears as a drug smuggler who talks his young girlfriend, Tracy (Happy Birthday to Me) Bregman, into a smuggling attempt that lands her in prison. She is sentenced to 1 to 3 years and, apparently, to having her clothes ripped off by anyone who’s in the mood, which, in this place, is just about everyone. There are sexual assaults, razor fights, foul language and even fouler writing, by Alan (Parasite) Adler. It may last only 106 minutes, but it seems like a life sentence. (R)

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