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The Concrete Jungle (1982)

When her slimy boyfriend Danny (Peter Brown) uses his unsuspecting girlfriend Elizabeth (Tracy Bregman) to carry a stash of cocaine in her skis, she is nabbed by airport security. After a ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom DeSimone (as Tom De Simone)

Writers:

Alan J. Adler (screenplay), Jack Cummins (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill St. John ... Warden Fletcher
Tracey E. Bregman ... Elizabeth (as Tracey Bregman)
BarBara Luna ... Cat (as Barbara Luna)
June Barrett June Barrett ... Icy
Aimee Eccles ... Spider
Sondra Currie ... Katherine
Peter Brown ... Danny
Susan Mechsner Susan Mechsner ... Breaker
Robert Miano ... Stone
Niki Dantine ... Margo
Nita Talbot ... Shelly Meyers
Marcia Karr ... Marcy
Sally Julian Sally Julian ... Sweets
Justine Lenore ... Max
Kendal Kaldwell Kendal Kaldwell ... Eyes
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Storyline

When her slimy boyfriend Danny (Peter Brown) uses his unsuspecting girlfriend Elizabeth (Tracy Bregman) to carry a stash of cocaine in her skis, she is nabbed by airport security. After a speedy trial, she is sent to the Correctional Institution for Women in California. There she learns quickly that she must toughen up if she hopes to leave there in one piece. She also eventually finds that the warden (Jill St John) is not only cruel and unsympathetic, but in cahoots with an inmate Cat (Barbara Luna) the prison's Queen Bee, who is her partner in a prison drug and prostitution racket. When Elizabeth witnesses a murder committed by Cat and her henchwomen, she spurns her attentions and becomes her enemy. Meanwhile, Deputy Director Shelly Meyers (Nita Talbot), aware of the drug and prostitution business run by the warden and Cat, also suspects that Elizabeth has knowledge that could help her convict the villains, and she begins to press her for information. This does not bode well for ... Written by phillindholm

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Behind these bars everybody belongs to someone See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Selva de Cimento See more »

Filming Locations:

Ventura, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,664,557
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ideal Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in an actual abandoned prison in Ventura, California. See more »


Soundtracks

I'm on My Own
Music by Joseph Conlan
Lyrics by Tracey E. Bregman (as Tracy Bregman)
Sung by Deborah Ludwig Davis (as Deborah Davis)
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A grim, straightforward WIP drama
17 February 2007 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

"The Concrete Jungle" doesn't offer anything you haven't seen before, but it's still an absorbing, fairly well-made & acted little Women-In-Prison drama. What the fans of this sub-genre need to know is that the filmmakers have taken a mostly serious-minded approach here, at least until the last 10 minutes when a massive fight that breaks out in the prison yard turns into a mudbath! Most of the time, though, the film simply chronicles, in a straightforward manner, the daily struggle for survival of a 100% innocent woman who tries to adapt to the harsh prison life. Tracey Bregman's sweet, innocent-looking face is perfect for the part, and she is surrounded by actresses who mostly manage, in a short amount of time, to build their own characters. The standout for me was June Barret as the bad girl Icy, who is both strong and insecure. (**)


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