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Chained Heat

In today's world, Chained Heat is a topic that has sparked great interest and debate in society. Whether due to its impact on people's daily lives, its historical relevance or its influence on various cultural aspects, Chained Heat continues to be a current topic that captures the attention of millions of people around the world. Through this article, we will explore in depth the multiple facets and dimensions of Chained Heat, analyzing its importance, evolution and repercussions in different areas.

Chained Heat
Directed byPaul Nicholas
Written byAaron Butler, as Vincent Mongol
Paul Nicholas
Produced byBilly Fine
Monica Teuber
CinematographyMac Ahlberg
Edited byNino di Marco
Music byJoseph Conlan
Intercontinental Pictures
Jensen Farley Pictures
TAT Filmproduktion
Distributed byJensen Farley Pictures
Release date
  • May 27, 1983 (1983-05-27)
Running time
95 minutes
CountriesUnited States
West Germany
Budget$1.3 million
Box office$3 million

Chained Heat (alternate title: Das Frauenlager in West Germany) is a 1983 American-German exploitation film in the women-in-prison genre. It was co-written and directed by Paul Nicholas (as Paul Nicolas) for Jensen Farley Pictures. Producer was Paul Fine, who had previously produced The Concrete Jungle.


The film takes place in the California women's prison in which naive teenager Carol Henderson is sentenced to serve 18 months for accidentally killing a man. Warden Backman has a hot tub in his office; his assistant, Captain Taylor controls the prison's prostitutes and has a lover who is also involved in a clandestine affair with Ericka, the leader of the white prisoners, while the black prisoners are led by Duchess. Eventually the administration pushes the prisoners too far and they drop their race-based feuding to revolt against their common enemy.


Production and release

Chained Heat was produced for $950,000. It opened on May 27, 1983 in 404 theaters nationwide and made $2,252,682 in its opening weekend. The film was in theaters for two and a half weeks in total. As of 2009, the film's domestic gross is $6,149,983.


During its release the film came under fire from critics for its sexism and from gay rights activists for negative and stereotypical portrayals of lesbians as violent and predatory. A Variety review described it as "silly, almost campy" and judged Nicholas to have "display little feel for the prison genre, emphasizing archaic sex-for-voyeurs scenes". As of February 2019 Chained Heat's rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 56% positive reviews.

The film was nominated for two Razzie Awards including Worst Actress for Blair and won Worst Supporting Actress for Danning.

Chained Heat (Uncut and remastered edition) was released in 2011 as a DVD Women In Prison box set with Red Heat (1985) and Jungle Warriors (1984).


In 1993 the sequel Chained Heat II, starring Brigitte Nielsen, Paul Koslo, Kimberley Kates and Kari Whitman was released. The film was directed by Lloyd Simandl and released in Canada. This was followed by the 1998 release of Chained Heat 3: Hell Mountain. The film starred Nicole Nieth, Kate Rodgers, and Bentley Mitchum and was directed by Mike Rhol from a screenplay by Chris Hyde.

Both sequels bear little to no relation to the first film.


  1. ^ BROESKE, PAT H. (May 19, 1985). "JAILED BAIT--A NEW WAVE OF WOMEN-IN-PRISON FILMS". Los Angeles Times. p. ac24.
  2. ^ Donahue, Suzanne Mary (1987). American film distribution : the changing marketplace. UMI Research Press. p. 298. Please note figures are for rentals in US and Canada
  3. ^ a b Overview, Chained Heat, The New York Times, archived at the Wayback Machine on April 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Karl Williams, Synopsis, Chained Heat, AllMovie, accessed 2019-02-02.
  5. ^ a b Review: Chained Heat, Variety, December 31, 1982.
  6. ^ Chained Heat (1983)
  7. ^ "Chained Heat Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes.
  8. ^ Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0.
  9. ^ Karl Williams (2008). "Chained Heat II – Trailer – Cast – Showtimes". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2008-02-27.
  10. ^ Hell Mountain at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata

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