Chained Heat (1983)

R | 96 mins | Drama | 27 May 1983

Director:

Paul Nicolas

Producer:

Billy Fine

Cinematographer:

Mac Ahlberg

Editor:

Nino di Marco

Production Designer:

Bob Ziembicki

Production Companies:

Heat GBR, TAT- Film, Intercontinental Films
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HISTORY

On 16 Sep 1982, HR announced that film producers Lou Paciocco and Billy Fine were in the process of auditioning actors for a sequel to The Concrete Jungle, their highly profitable first endeavor. The 29 Oct 1982 HR reported that principal photography would begin 13 Dec 1982 in Los Angeles, CA, under the working title, Heat. A 27 May 1983 release was planned for Detroit, MI, as stated by Ted Zephro of Pentagon Releasing, Inc. However, neither Zephro nor Pentagon remained with the project. The 4 Nov 1982 DV included actors Linda Blair, Tamara Dobson, Stuart Whitman, and Alex Cord among the cast members, but the 22 Dec 1982 DV reported that Cord was replaced by Henry Silva after the former sustained a broken foot, and Whitman does not appear in onscreen credits. The 9 Dec 1982 DV announced the film’s official title change from Heat to Chained Heat, with new cast members Michael Callen, Nita Talbot, John Vernon, Greta Blackburn, and Nicole Dantine.
       According to the 1 Feb 1983 HR, Chained Heat was a “German/American co-production,” with Berlin-based “‘Heat’/GBR/TAT Filmproduktionsgesellschaft” controlling fifty-five percent of Fine/Paciocco Productions. In addition, the film was directed and co-written by German-born filmmaker Lutz Schaarwaechter, under the pseudonym, “Paul Nicholas.” Principal photography was to be completed on the $1.25 million production by 15 Apr 1983, and with a 31 Aug 1983 domestic release through the Plitt Theatres circuit. Foreign sales were handled by Manson International, which planned to screen a promotional reel at ... More Less

On 16 Sep 1982, HR announced that film producers Lou Paciocco and Billy Fine were in the process of auditioning actors for a sequel to The Concrete Jungle, their highly profitable first endeavor. The 29 Oct 1982 HR reported that principal photography would begin 13 Dec 1982 in Los Angeles, CA, under the working title, Heat. A 27 May 1983 release was planned for Detroit, MI, as stated by Ted Zephro of Pentagon Releasing, Inc. However, neither Zephro nor Pentagon remained with the project. The 4 Nov 1982 DV included actors Linda Blair, Tamara Dobson, Stuart Whitman, and Alex Cord among the cast members, but the 22 Dec 1982 DV reported that Cord was replaced by Henry Silva after the former sustained a broken foot, and Whitman does not appear in onscreen credits. The 9 Dec 1982 DV announced the film’s official title change from Heat to Chained Heat, with new cast members Michael Callen, Nita Talbot, John Vernon, Greta Blackburn, and Nicole Dantine.
       According to the 1 Feb 1983 HR, Chained Heat was a “German/American co-production,” with Berlin-based “‘Heat’/GBR/TAT Filmproduktionsgesellschaft” controlling fifty-five percent of Fine/Paciocco Productions. In addition, the film was directed and co-written by German-born filmmaker Lutz Schaarwaechter, under the pseudonym, “Paul Nicholas.” Principal photography was to be completed on the $1.25 million production by 15 Apr 1983, and with a 31 Aug 1983 domestic release through the Plitt Theatres circuit. Foreign sales were handled by Manson International, which planned to screen a promotional reel at the upcoming American Film Market. The article emphasized that the picture was not a sequel to The Concrete Jungle.
       An article in the 13 Feb 1983 LAT revealed that Chained Heat was based on the true story of a young actress who was removed from Vassar College and placed in protective custody in a women’s prison after her family entered the U.S. Federal Witness Protection Program. During a job interview with Fine, the Vassar student described much of what she witnessed in prison, and how the experience affected her. The artist also reflected actress Linda Blair’s disappointment in the production, which she reportedly expected to be a more realistic representation of prison life, rather than an exploitation picture. However, several cast members, including Tamara Dobson and Sybil Danning, visited the Sybil Brand Institute for Women, a women’s jail in Los Angeles, CA, as research for their roles. While Fine declared the picture to be his best to date, Blair admitted her discomfort with her participation in it, due in part to its portrayal of violence. The article also mentions makeup and hair artist Anne Aulenta-Spira, referred to by her alternate name, “Medusah.”
       The film opened to negative reviews. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
4 Nov 1982.
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Daily Variety
9 Dec 1982.
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Daily Variety
22 Dec 1982.
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Daily Variety
23 Dec 1982.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 1982.
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Oct 1982.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 Dec 1982.
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Hollywood Reporter
7 Jan 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 Feb 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
15 Mar 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 1983
p. 4.
Los Angeles Times
13 Feb 1983
Part VI, pp. 4-6.
Los Angeles Times
31 May 1983
Part VI, p. 6.
New York Times
5 Jun 1983
p. 19.
Variety
1 Jun 1983
p. 16.
Variety
21 Dec 1983.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Paul Nicolas Film
A Heat GBR/TAT-Film/Intercontinental Films Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
3rd asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Best boy
Key grip
Best boy
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Asst prop
Prop asst
COSTUMES
Asst ward
MUSIC
Mus comp and performed by
Mus ed
Mus consultant
Mus consultant
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Sd mixer
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Looping ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec sound
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Asst makeup & hair
Asst makeup & hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Creative consultant
Prod exec
Scr supv
Prod coord
Asst to the dir
Post prod coord
Transportation coord
Driver
Driver
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Catering
Chow Biz Catering, Inc.
Craft service
Extras casting
First aid
Public relations
Loc equip supplied by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stuntplayer
Stuntplayer
Stuntplayer
Stuntplayer
Stuntplayer
Stuntplayer
Stuntplayer
Stuntplayer
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Concrete Jungle II
Heat
Release Date:
27 May 1983
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 27 May 1983
New York opening: week of 5 June 1983
Production Date:
13 December 1982--15 April 1983
Copyright Claimant:
Heat GBR-Gerhard Scheurich & Associates Film Transactions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
7 June 1983
Copyright Number:
PA180341
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
96
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
Germany, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27267
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In a women’s prison, a young inmate named Susie is cornered in her cell as Stone, one of the male guards, attempts to rape her. Susie pulls a gun from under the bed and orders Stone to release her. Armed guards surround the cell and Susie is shot to death. When Captain Taylor appears on the scene, she is informed that the weapon is a toy. A busload of convicts arrives at the prison, including Carol Henderson, a young woman sentenced to eighteen months for vehicular manslaughter, and a prostitute named Val, who promises to help Carol adapt to prison life. Meanwhile, Warden Ernie Bacman videotapes a tryst with his mistress, Debbie, who informs on her fellow prisoners in exchange for cocaine. She warns Bacman that he faces competition from a rival drug lord, rumored to be a high-ranking staff member. Elsewhere in the prison, white gang leader, Ericka, accompanied by comrades Bobbi and Lulu, offer black gang leader Duchess a share of their drug trade if she participates in their plans to kill Debbie. Duchess, a graduate of Vassar College, refuses any involvement in the scheme, preferring to protect her people from the corrupting influence of their white counterparts. Ericka stretches a wire across a hallway, and Debbie is garroted as she returns to her cell. Though Taylor knows the identity of the culprit, she convinces the warden that a Chicano gang member killed his mistress. Carol and Val are led to their cell, alongside an African American named Brenda Mansfield. Brenda is severely beaten by inmate Spider and four other women, prompting Taylor to revoke ... +


In a women’s prison, a young inmate named Susie is cornered in her cell as Stone, one of the male guards, attempts to rape her. Susie pulls a gun from under the bed and orders Stone to release her. Armed guards surround the cell and Susie is shot to death. When Captain Taylor appears on the scene, she is informed that the weapon is a toy. A busload of convicts arrives at the prison, including Carol Henderson, a young woman sentenced to eighteen months for vehicular manslaughter, and a prostitute named Val, who promises to help Carol adapt to prison life. Meanwhile, Warden Ernie Bacman videotapes a tryst with his mistress, Debbie, who informs on her fellow prisoners in exchange for cocaine. She warns Bacman that he faces competition from a rival drug lord, rumored to be a high-ranking staff member. Elsewhere in the prison, white gang leader, Ericka, accompanied by comrades Bobbi and Lulu, offer black gang leader Duchess a share of their drug trade if she participates in their plans to kill Debbie. Duchess, a graduate of Vassar College, refuses any involvement in the scheme, preferring to protect her people from the corrupting influence of their white counterparts. Ericka stretches a wire across a hallway, and Debbie is garroted as she returns to her cell. Though Taylor knows the identity of the culprit, she convinces the warden that a Chicano gang member killed his mistress. Carol and Val are led to their cell, alongside an African American named Brenda Mansfield. Brenda is severely beaten by inmate Spider and four other women, prompting Taylor to revoke privileges for the entire cellblock. Later, the captain is joined in her office by Lester, her lover and partner in a cocaine ring, which also includes Ericka. As Taylor expresses concern that Bacman may be aware of their operation, Ericka delivers the week’s proceeds, then makes love to Lester when the captain leaves the room. In the warden’s office, Duchess berates Bacman and Taylor for transferring Brenda to an all-white cellblock. Taylor claims that she had no choice because of overcrowding, and promises that Brenda will make a full recovery. Bacman notes the high death rate among inmates, and orders Taylor to remedy the situation. Later, the warden persuades Carol to become his informant, with the promise of protection and friendship. However, Carol’s first attempt to seek help from the guards is discouraged by a beating from Spider. That afternoon, a fight breaks out between Ericka and Duchess in the prison yard, and Taylor watches in amusement, hoping that one or both women will be killed. However, Bacman ends the violence by firing a warning shot. Upon learning of Brenda’s death, Duchess tells Carol how Taylor creates volatile situations to keep the inmates fighting among themselves, and coerces an admission of Spider’s involvement in Brenda’s murder. That night, Carol, Val, and several other women are driven to a private party, where Lester offers them as sex partners to his business associates. Carol refuses to participate and is sent back to prison, where she discovers Spider’s body in the bathroom. When Carol reports her experiences to Bacman, the drug-addled warden beats and rapes her, then confiscates Lester’s stock of cocaine and bans him from the prison. Afterward, Val devises a plan to ruin Bacman by seducing him and stealing the videotape of their encounter. However, Taylor and a guard named Boots interrupt the session and drown Bacman in his hot tub. Despite Val’s promise to keep silent, Boots clubs her to death. Carol attacks Boots the next day and is placed in solitary confinement. An inquest is inconclusive, and Mrs. Kaufman of the state corrections board offers to make Taylor the warden if she can solve both killings. Taylor blames Ericka for Val’s murder and places her in solitary confinement, eliminating her rival for Lester’s affections. When Carol is returned to her cell, she reveals that a videotape of Bacman’s murder is hidden in his office; delivering the tape to Mrs. Kaufman would result in Taylor’s dismissal, and better living conditions at the prison. The inmates conspire to start a riot, which would divert the guards while Carol and Duchess steal the tape. As the riot gets underway, Duchess frees Ericka from confinement, demonstrating her alliance to her fellow prisoners, regardless of race. Boots’s efforts to intercept the tape from Carol are thwarted by Duchess, who drowns the guard in the warden’s fish tank. Meanwhile Ericka executes Stone by cutting his throat. As state police surround the prison, Lester ignores Taylor’s pleas for assistance and attempts an escape before being arrested. Desperate to retrieve the videotape, Taylor chases Carol onto the roof, and the captain falls to her death in the ensuing struggle. Carol returns to her cellblock, and is joined by Duchess and Ericka as they surrender the tape to the authorities. +

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