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Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (1991)

Three dramatic stories inside the walls of the women's prison.

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Dick Beebe (segment), Martin Jones (segment) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gillian Bagwell ... Janice
Moe Bertran ... Rodriguez (as Lil Moe)
Ken Butler ... Correction Officer Heath
Rae Dawn Chong ... Rhonda (segment "New Chicks")
Lolita Davidovich ... Lorretta (segment "Parole Board")
Edith Fields ... Rose (segment "Parole Board")
Silvana Gallardo Silvana Gallardo ... Mercedes
Leontine Guilliard ... Coleen (segment "New Chicks")
Terri Hanauer ... Wanda (segment "Esperanza")
Virginya Keehne ... Molly (segment "Parole Board")
Edwin Maldonado Edwin Maldonado ... Mico(segment "Esperanza")
Sandy Martin ... Counselor Pennell (segment "New Chicks")
Elisabeth Moss ... Little Molly (segment "Parole Board")
Debi Parker Debi Parker ... Dee (segment "New Chicks")
Francesca P. Roberts ... Lucy
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Three dramatic stories inside the walls of the women's prison.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Donne dentro: storie dal carcere See more »

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Production Co:

HBO Showcase See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Average made for TV Drama
4 December 2006 | by jazz_man1See all my reviews

This is a film about (as you'll have guessed from the title), women serving time in prison. This is not an exploitation film but tries to deal with serious social issues in a non-exploitative way, with mixed results. I guess the problem is that the movie is split into three short films by different writers and directors, so you inevitably get rushed conclusions that seem underwhelming or involve clichés. You don't get a real sense of character, as narrative is emphasised heavily.

To summarise the three short films, the first is based around Rachel Ticotin who is serving a long sentence for drug trafficking. She has to deal with having a son on the outside being raised by her sister (played by a young Talisa Soto) and her dealer boyfriend leaving her.

The second film has Annabella Sciorra and Rae Dawn Chong playing new inmates in prison, one has a child on the outside one comes to jail pregnant. This included a standard women in prison movie strip search and shower scene when the new prisoners arrive. Though there isn't much nudity except for a few bare bums in the shower.

The third short film has Lolita Davidovich as a woman who murdered her husband and is about to be released on parole but has a teenage daughter in an abusive relationship. All said, the three films try to be compelling but they're didn't succeed. Most of the characters had no identity except for the social problems they had. And perhaps that's the reason for the failure.


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