Chain Gang Women (1971)

R | 85 mins | Drama | 1971

Director:

Lee Frost

Writers:

Lee Frost, Wes Bishop

Producer:

Wes Bishop

Cinematographer:

Lee Frost

Production Company:

International Film Associates
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HISTORY

Although there is a 1971 copyright statement on the film, Chain Gang Women was not registered for copyright at the time of its release. On 15 May 1989, a videocasette version of the production was registered for copyright by Crown International Pictures, Inc. and assigned the registration number PA-447-224. The opening cast credits lists "Red" Schryver without quotation marks around his first name, while his editing and closing cast credit included them. According to a LAT news item, Chain Gang Women was re-released theatrically in ... More Less

Although there is a 1971 copyright statement on the film, Chain Gang Women was not registered for copyright at the time of its release. On 15 May 1989, a videocasette version of the production was registered for copyright by Crown International Pictures, Inc. and assigned the registration number PA-447-224. The opening cast credits lists "Red" Schryver without quotation marks around his first name, while his editing and closing cast credit included them. According to a LAT news item, Chain Gang Women was re-released theatrically in 1977. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Jun 1971.
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Filmfacts
1972
p. 42.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jun 1971.
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Los Angeles Times
20 Nov 1971.
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Los Angeles Times
21 May 1977
Sec II, p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Wes Bishop-Lee Frost Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Scr and orig story
Scr and orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cine
Key grip
Asst cam
Asst cam
Stills
Gaffer
Best boy
FILM EDITORS
Ed
International Film Associates
Ed
International Film Associates
MUSIC
Mus supv and prod
Mus arr and cond
Mus performed by
and the Georgia State Farm Boys
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Prod asst
Prod secy
Police vehicles courtesy of
SOURCES
SONGS
“Chain,” words and music by Peter Jordan, sung by Bob Duncan, Angeltown Music Company, Central Songs, Publishers, BMI
"Lord-Wish it Would Rain,” words and music by Bob Duncan and Don Lee, sung by Bob Duncan, Central Songs, Publisher, BMI
"At Last Together Again," words and music by Ross Olmsted, sung by Porter Johnson
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SONGS
“Chain,” words and music by Peter Jordan, sung by Bob Duncan, Angeltown Music Company, Central Songs, Publishers, BMI
"Lord-Wish it Would Rain,” words and music by Bob Duncan and Don Lee, sung by Bob Duncan, Central Songs, Publisher, BMI
"At Last Together Again," words and music by Ross Olmsted, sung by Porter Johnson
"Jesus Can You Love a Working Man" and "Just About Time," words and music by Ross Olmsted, sung by Ross Olmsted, IFA Publishing-Angeltown music Company, Publishers, BMI.
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COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
1971
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 17 November 1971
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
DeLuxe
Duration(in mins):
85
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Georgia, Billy Harris, a young inmate sentenced to six months for selling marijuana, is transferred from his post at the prison library to a chain gang of hardened criminals on the Georgia State Labor Farm. There, Billy is escorted into a primitive barrack where the inmates are chained even while sleeping. Shackled to Mike Weed, a brutal killer who is serving a life sentence, Billy is sent into the fields, where, while breaking up the hardened earth one day, Weed notices that Larson, the head guard, is not on duty. In Larson’s place is the loutish Fat Sam, who is armed with a rifle, and Willy, who only carries a club. Sneaking up behind Fat Sam, Weed clubs him in the head with his pickax, then seizes his rifle and shoots Willy. When Billy balks at escaping, Weed threatens to cut off his leg unless he cooperates. After they flee, the police set up a roadblock, and soon most of the escaped convicts have been apprehended. Swearing to turn himself in once he is unshackled from Weed, Billy suggests that they proceed to his girl friend Ann’s place in a nearby town, where Ann will be able to break their chains and provide Weed with a car to escape. Once there, Ann saws off the chains with a hacksaw and later, Weed voyeuristically watches as Ann and Billy make love. The next morning, Weed sends Billy into town to buy some clothes, and while Billy is gone, rapes Ann. When Billy returns home, Ann is afraid to tell him about the rape. After Weed changes into ... +


In Georgia, Billy Harris, a young inmate sentenced to six months for selling marijuana, is transferred from his post at the prison library to a chain gang of hardened criminals on the Georgia State Labor Farm. There, Billy is escorted into a primitive barrack where the inmates are chained even while sleeping. Shackled to Mike Weed, a brutal killer who is serving a life sentence, Billy is sent into the fields, where, while breaking up the hardened earth one day, Weed notices that Larson, the head guard, is not on duty. In Larson’s place is the loutish Fat Sam, who is armed with a rifle, and Willy, who only carries a club. Sneaking up behind Fat Sam, Weed clubs him in the head with his pickax, then seizes his rifle and shoots Willy. When Billy balks at escaping, Weed threatens to cut off his leg unless he cooperates. After they flee, the police set up a roadblock, and soon most of the escaped convicts have been apprehended. Swearing to turn himself in once he is unshackled from Weed, Billy suggests that they proceed to his girl friend Ann’s place in a nearby town, where Ann will be able to break their chains and provide Weed with a car to escape. Once there, Ann saws off the chains with a hacksaw and later, Weed voyeuristically watches as Ann and Billy make love. The next morning, Weed sends Billy into town to buy some clothes, and while Billy is gone, rapes Ann. When Billy returns home, Ann is afraid to tell him about the rape. After Weed changes into his new clothes, the two fugitives climb into the trunk of Ann’s car, hoping to elude the police. However, when Ann comes upon a roadblock in which the police are searching everyone’s car, Ann turns around. Declaring that they need to outwait the roadblock, Weed decides to look for an outlying farm where they can take refuge. As Weed goes to scout the area, Billy urges Ann to run away. By the time Weed returns to report that he has found a farmhouse inhabited by a harmless-looking old man and what appears to be his young daughter, Ann has fled. The fugitives proceed to the farmhouse, where they watch in dismay as the young girl makes love to the old farmer. Breaking into the house, Weed grabs the farmer’s rifle and ties up the old man. After sending Billy to watch the road, Weed learns that the girl, who is seventeen, is actually the farmer’s wife. Taunting the old man about being able to satisfy his young wife, Weed forces the girl to down some whisky and then rapes her on the couch in front of her husband. After finishing, Weed replaces Billy on watch and sends him inside. Billy finds the young woman wandering around in a daze, beckoning him into the bedroom. Claiming that life with her husband is like being in prison, the girl seduces Billy and begs him to take her with them. The next morning, Weed takes the girl as hostage and the three drive off. Stopped by another roadblock, they evade the police and return to the farm, but find that the farmer is no longer there. Ordering the girl into the bedroom, Weed sends Billy to take the first watch while he settles onto the couch with the shotgun. Once Weed dozes off, the farmer sneaks to the window above the couch, strangles the convict and seizes the shotgun. As the wife lies in bed, she hears a shotgun blast, and soon after, her husband comes to the window to assure her that he has “taken care of both of them” and that “everything is going to be just as it always was.” +

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