GenreAction, Adventure, Drama Running time1h 25m ScreenplayJonathan Demme, Joe Viola CountryUnited States
WriterJoe Viola, Jonathan Demme Release dateMay 1972 (1972-05) CastCarmen Argenziano (Flavio - the Guerrilla), Andrea Cagan (Bunny Kincaid), Margaret Markov (Lynn Forrest), Rickey Richardson (Ellie St. George), Laurie Rose (Sue Pennwright), Zaldy Zshornack (Ronaldo) Similar moviesHellhole, Knock Knock, Female Prisoner No. 701: Sasori, Mission: Impossible II, East End Hustle, Straight Outta Compton
TaglineRAVAGED ... SAVAGED ... Licked by the fiery tongues of "The Hot Box"
The hot box 1972 theatrical trailer
The Hot Box is a 1972 women in prison film from Joe Viola and Jonathan Demme, who had previously made Angels Hard as They Come (1971) for New World Pictures. It was shot in the Philippines and was originally known as The Prescription Revolution.
Four American nurses working in the Republic of San Rosario are kidnapped by a band of guerillas.
Carmen Argenziano as Flavio
Andrea Cagan as Bunny Kincaid
Margaret Markov as Lynn Forrest
Rickey Richardson as Ellie St. George
Laurie Rose as Sue Pennwright
Zaldy Zschornack as Ronaldo Montoya
Jose Romulo as Crao
Rocco Montalban as Carragiero
Charles Dierkop as The journalist Garcia, also known as Major Dubay
Gina Laforteza as Florida
Ruben Ramos as Mimmo
The film came about because Roger Corman had a production deal in the Philippines with a young producer there, Cirio Santiago. Corman wanted to give Santiago a story outline and Viola did up a treatment in an afternoon, which became the film. Jonathan Demme shot some second unit footage, which impressed Roger Corman enough to support Demme's debut as director, Caged Heat (1974).