The best, if not the most brutal, woman's prison film ever made was CAGED, which offered no relief to its victimized protagonist, Parker, and no quarter to the audience. Parker begins as a sweet, naive, and generous young lady who unwittingly sits in a car while her scheming husband robs a
gas station and is killed. She is convicted of being an accomplice and sent to a tough women's prison. Here the innocent 19-year-old is quickly brutalized by the crude inmates and sadistic guards, particularly the Amazonian (6 foot 2 inch) Hope Emerson, a lesbian matron who enjoys mistreating
inmates, especially Parker, whom she throws into solitary and whose head she later shave...