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Purgatory (1988)

Unrated | | Action, Drama | 14 October 1988 (USA)
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Two Peace Corps volunteers in Africa are framed and put into an oppressive women's prison.

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Ami Artzi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tanya Roberts ... Carly
Julie Pop ... Melanie
Hal Orlandini Hal Orlandini ... Bledsoe / warden
Adrienne Pierce Adrienne Pierce ... Janine (as Adrienne Pearse)
Marie Human Marie Human ... Kirsten
Rufus Swart Rufus Swart ... Paul
David Sherwood David Sherwood ... Stern
Clare Marshall Clare Marshall ... Ruth / Carly's mother
Gert van Niekerk Gert van Niekerk ... Hans
Anthony Wilson Anthony Wilson ... Soldier (as Anthony 'Speedo' Wilson)
Mandy Tshbalah Mandy Tshbalah ... Prison matron
Mbali Hlatshwayo Mbali Hlatshwayo ... Police matron
Sello Moikangoa Sello Moikangoa ... Photographer
Winston Gama Winston Gama ... Simpson
James Winkler James Winkler ... Colonel Mays
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Carly is happily spreading goodness and light as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa when she and her pal Melanie run afoul of the local, highly corrupt, justice system. Despite numerous bribes by her mother Ruth, the two girls receive an eleven-year sentence on phony charges of drug-peddling. They are sentenced to serve their time at a prison run by a dissolute warden Bledsoe who typically employs his better looking female prisoners as prostitutes. Melanie kills herself after being gang-raped by guards, and Carly, realizing she'll get no help from the U.S. Embassy, has no choice but to escape. Written by lament

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Action | Drama

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Purgatorio See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Mono

Color:

Color
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Bledsoe: [Chasing Carly after she has escaped] Beautiful bitch!
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Absolute B-grade Gold
16 October 2010 | by mrmichaeltroperSee all my reviews

Starting off this *is* the writing of an oft-favoured 1980's B-grade fan, so I am in no way writing this to compete with previous reviewers or take some imagined review 'injustice' into my own hands.

I appreciate the plot line as a particularly classic one and with its means to expand on whatever drama or storyline unfolds the end result is what you get. Its the whole 'put in an overseas jail' thing. Yes, 'purgatory'. So my comments are really relative to people who like me who enjoy a little cheesiness. No you wouldn't see Meryl Streep in a movie like this one and thats what gives its character.

Take bits and pieces from the movie. For me they are dazzling scenes occurring by the minute. No matter what they say it all seems to wind up funny to me. No matter what the musical soundtrack is, it always manages to impress vintage cheese upon me. I am about to write up some quotes so check them out. Thy might give you an idea of what you're in for.

Yes. The 80's were this bad. Awesome


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