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This movie is not up to the standard of "Bare Behind Bars" however it does work as a movie of it's genre. The other reviewer tells us that the women aren't super models, true, but if they were they wouldn't be in this movie they'd be married to old guys with more money than sense. Talking about the torture, this man has obviously never heard of "The Spanish Inquistion", from what I've read about these good 'ol Catholic boys, the torture in this movie is lame, amazing what you can get away with when you claim to be doing it in God's name.

The plot line has already been covered and the reality of it is that we don't buy these movies to see Academy Award winning acting or anything else. Sit back and watch the movie you'll see exactly what you are looking for.
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Some day, some nutty Congressman is going to introduce a bill to outlaw the making and watching of all movies, and Amazon Jail will be Exhibit A. You could never find a more wretched way to waste 93 minutes of your life. At the pearly gates, St. Peter has three books: one listing the good people, one listing the bad people, and a demonically gruesome book listing those who participated in and watched Amazon Jail. This movie is horrible in ways I never even imagined.

Our story takes place in the jungles of what I assume to be South America. A sleazy, oily, utterly disgusting man who shaves about as often as he bathes (never), along with the miserable excuse of a woman I assume is his wife, run a little white slavery operation, kidnapping and imprisoning out-of-town females and selling them to disgusting rich men. First, though, the women have to sell themselves by entertaining all the cretins who come calling. Naturally, the women want to escape, but they seem to find trouble everywhere they go. As if the film has not already done enough mental damage to the unfortunate viewer in the first hour and fifteen minutes, the filmmakers decide to introduce some horribly stereotypical natives and a lecherous priest into the mix, thus insuring themselves a well-deserved eternity spent in torment. Luckily, the video quality of the film is horrible; I take some comfort in not having been able to see clearly whatever was supposed to have been happening here. It is quite astonishing just how unbearably unattractive most of these "gorgeous" females are, and each dance they perform for their potential buyers jabs yet another hot branding iron of corruption against the already very thin skin of the human soul.
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HASH(0x9dc3393c) out of 5 stars Utterly boring... Don't waste your money... Not even worth a rental... July 4 2006
By dooby - Published on
Format: DVD
Two years after "Bare Behind Bars" (1980), Oswaldo De Oliveira has totally lost his touch. This is the most insipidly boring movie I've watched in years. What could go wrong with a movie involving a white slavery ring operating in the Amazon jungle? Well for one, the women featured here are mostly unattractive. There is very little nudity. There is close to zero sex. There is no sleaze, filth or degradation within miles of this jail. There is practically no plot. The acting is lamentable. What you are left with is 90 minutes of utter boredom.

Amazon's website labels this as X-rated. It is NOT. "Bare Behind Bars" is X-rated. This pile of turd would be lucky to get even as high as an R rating. It hovers somewhere above a PG13 at most.

Blue Underground has as usual done a very creditable job of restoring the film. It looks as good as new. Actually it looks far better than this crap deserves. Blue Underground can't be faulted for its commitment to restoration. I just wish they were a bit more discriminating and exercised some taste in what they chose to restore. Don't waste your money on this loser. It's not even worth a rental. Amazon should have a zero-star rating to cater to turkeys like this.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc33990) out of 5 stars Fast forward review June 7 2006
By Nobody - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The only reason I bought this flick was due to "Bare Behind Bars", for my money the best women in prison movie ever, tainted only slightly by leaning too hard on the lezzing and not enough on the abuse. But still, it was a five star sleaze spectacular. The first problem that crops up on this turkey is, unlike BBB, the bad guys here are mostly dudes, particularly this one long-hair sweaty fat dude who looks kind of like David Crosby on coke and booze at 40, and that cuts back on the NTRL factor (nudity to total running length) obviously - less chicks, less nudity.

Of course, strictly speaking this may not classify as women in prison, more like women in corral, but that's the general idea, though the shower is way too small, and there's no doctor for cavity searches. After a lot of nudity, mostly partying with the dudes, there's an escape and a nude girl gets shot up and dies pretty good, but the absence of bullet holes and blood really spoils it. Then there's some plot that goes on way too long, another escape and finally some brief hard R lezzing including carpet washing, though Fidel Castro eating a london broil comes to mind (I stole that from Opie & Anthony). There's some more lying around topless in the jungle stuff, and then a good catfight that threatens to turn bloody, before the girl on top gets an arrow in the back from stage left, only in close up we see the arrow hit her through the top she's wearing, and . . . she's not wearing a top at that point! Slight continuity problem. Then there's more plot and a little dancing around nude at some mining camp and then . . . it ends. I didn't have the sound up, so I'm not sure what was going on, who cares.

Well, a fair amount of nudity, but the two death scenes were rotten, there was only a brief uni-shower scene (some stream bathing, but not fully nude with all kinds of soapy bodies), zero whipping, limited lez . . . after BBB, a major let down. All I can find for it is two sleaze stars for nudity, I'm hard pressed to award it more. Pity, the director had such potential.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc33c6c) out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype... June 30 2006
By Dellamorte - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD based on the review of it on the DVD Drive in web site. Either the person who reviewed it has never seen an exploitation movie before, or was not old enough to view one in the first place. He made it sound like the most graphic and disturbing prison movie ever. You would have thought it compared to the 'Ilsa' movies the way this guy went on about it. I'm not sure what movie he saw, but it wasn't this one. When the most extreme scene in the movie involves a person being shot at falling over bloodlessly like an old western, you have to wonder why exactly it merited an "unrated" version.

I guess it's worth it if you want to see naked women dancing around in a circle, but it you want to see a gritty violent movie, buy something else.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc33b64) out of 5 stars Better than a sharp stick in the eye... but not by much. Dec 11 2009
By Robert Beveridge - Published on
Format: DVD
Amazon Jail (Oswaldo de Oliveira, 1982)

I guess it should be obvious to anyone who's seen a few that you don't go into exploitation flicks looking for good filmmaking. If you've wandered around the edges of the genre enough, however, you can certainly look for the strange and shocking (Emmanuelle and the Last Cannibals immediately comes to mind, or Cannibal Ferox). I'd had a few bugs put in my ear about Amazon Jail, a (supposedly) particularly sleazy effort from Oliveira (Bare Behind Bars), so I figured I'd hunt down a copy and see what all the fuss was about. Well, I've done so, and I'll go back to my beloved cannibal movies, thanks. At least they have storylines.

Amazon Jail starts off being about a supposed cult of devil worshipers (though I missed any depictions of unchristian rites or the like...which would have probably made the movie more interesting) who kidnap local girls and immigrants to whatever the nearby big city is, promising them work. When they get to the compound, though, they're tossed into a big cage where, inexplicably, they all like to spend a lot of time naked. The leaders of this supposed cult, Sergio Hingst (Awakening of the Beast) and South American exploitation superstar Elizabeth Hartmann (Palace of Venus), are actually running a sex-slavery ring, selling the girls to rich overseas clients, who get to sample the wares before buying in a series of badly-shot orgy scenes. There's a silly romantic subplot between Hartmann's wastrel son and one of the prisoners, but you can safely ignore it.

If that were all there were to it, this would be your basic barely-watchable exploitation flick, but Oliveira couldn't even pull that off here. About two-thirds of the way through the movie, the story ends, and we're left with twenty of thirty minutes of screen time. So we get episode two in this farce. Seriously, I think Oliveira and co-writer Alfredo Palacios, who had previously collaborated on Oliveira's best-named movie, Bruce Lee vs. Gay Power, were writing the script for the last third of this movie as they went along. It's that stupid. Oliveira abandons any pretense of storytelling, as well as (mostly) abandoning the nude scenes that people actually watch exploitation movies for, and tries to make this into an adventure movie. But it's an adventure movie as if it had been made by Godard, if Godard had been so stoned out of his mind that he completely forgot how to direct. Maybe that was intentional, and Oliveira was going for existential adventure (a la Breathless). If so, he missed the mark so entirely that even the comparison has to stand as nothing more than a curiosity.

Terrible, terrible movie, though if you like your exploitation films awash in full frontal, the first half or so of this will fulfill your needs for such things. Just keep the sound muted so you don't have to listen tot he unbearable dialogue. *
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc371bc) out of 5 stars Beautiful women, semi-plausible plot Aug. 1 2006
By Mark Prindle - Published on
Format: DVD
I don't expect much from the types of movie my husband watches. But then again, there are films like "Amazon Jail" that pique my interest and make me look. Well, I'm glad I looked at this one, because there were at least ten beautiful-body, beautiful-face women (without gigantic implants!) on screen. And it showed them to be strong and plotting against their oppressors, an older couple. True, the Oppressor Man had a horrible, 1970's mustache, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the film. The story and the lovely ladies carried it. You should definitely give this one a chance.

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