Amazon Jail (1982) from Tuna

Amazon Jail (1982) is a Brazilian film from director/writer/cinematographer Oswaldo De Oliveira. It is not a "women in prison" film, at least not in the usual sense, but it incorporates many of the familiar WIP elements. A large number of young women are held in a cage against their will, are supervised by a mean bisexual woman, and are befriended by a guard. Since they are naked much of the time, including shower scenes, cat fights, hetero and lesbian sex scenes and escape sequences, it is a WIP in spirit at least.

Each woman is lured to the Amazon with a promise of a high paying job as a tour guide. When they arrive, they are taken captive by a white slavery ring, and put in "the corral" while waiting for buyers. When one girl escapes during an orgy, the guards go looking for her, and discover her with three naked local girls enjoying a pool under a waterfall. They shoot her, and capture the local girls, which proves to be a mistake because one of the local girls is engaged to the local police chief. The nephew of the man in charge of the white slavery ring helps the prisoners to escape, blows up his uncle, then goes to the police. Meanwhile, the girls must survive the jungle, and a group of horny gold miners led by a gay priest. Honest, I am not making this up.

If you are looking for an engaging plot, look elsewhere, but if nearly-constant female nudity, good photography, cat fights, and lesbian sex are your idea of entertainment, you will want to see this Blue Underground Release.

Scoop's note:

This was the last film in which the legendary Brazilian exploitation director acted as writer, director, and cinematographer. The last element is the important one. He was no great shakes as a director, and his writing - well, Tuna described the plot above, so you can estimate his writing skills for yourself ... but the man knew what to do with a camera, and he had been at it for twenty years when he made this one.



  • Elizabeth Hartmann, as the bisexual partner of the man running the operation, shows breasts in two scenes.

  • Shirley Benny is at least partially naked throughout the film, and shows full frontal and rear nudity in a lesbian scene with Hartmann. In one of her finer moments, she uses the river water to cool the twat of a fellow escapee.

  • Literally dozens of other women show body parts, many full frontal. There is scarcely a single frame without female nudity, but sadly, most of the cast can not be identified.

The Critics Vote ...

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The People Vote ...

The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

Our own guideline:

  • A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre.
  • B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. In order to rate at least a B-, a film should be both a critical and commercial success. Exceptions: (1) We will occasionally rate a film B- with good popular acceptance and bad reviews, if we believe the critics have severely underrated a film. (2) We may also assign a B- or better to a well-reviewed film which did not do well at the box office if we feel that the fault lay in the marketing of the film, and that the film might have been a hit if people had known about it. (Like, for example, The Waterdance.)
  • C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by people who enjoy this kind of movie. If this is your kind of movie, a C+ and an A are indistinguishable to you.
  • C means it is competent, but uninspired genre fare. People who like this kind of movie will think it satisfactory. Others probably will not.
  • C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie, but genre addicts find it watchable. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film, but films with this rating should be approached with caution by mainstream audiences, who may find them incompetent or repulsive or both. If this is NOT your kind of movie, a C- and an E are indistinguishable to you.
  • D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-. Films rated below C- generally have both bad reviews and poor popular acceptance.
  • E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre.
  • F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.


Based on this description, this film is a C+. It delivers everything to genre lovers that a genre film is expected to deliver, but it is not for those who dislike exploitation films.

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