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Ten Violent Women (1982)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | March 1982 (USA)
A group of women miners get fed up with their lifestyle and decide to try crime. After successfully pulling off a jewelry store robbery, they fail to sell the jewelry and are forced to ... See full summary »


Ted V. Mikels




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sherri Vernon Sherri Vernon ... Sam
Dixie Lauren Dixie Lauren ... Maggie
Sally Alice Gamble Sally Alice Gamble ... Sheila
Georgia Morgan Georgia Morgan ... Bri Terry
Jane Farnsworth Jane Farnsworth ... Madge
Melodie Bell Melodie Bell ... Jill
Christina de Cattani Christina de Cattani ... Liz
Paula Ian Paula Ian ... Beth
Sherry Hardin Sherry Hardin ... Joanie
Kelly Lancaster Kelly Lancaster ... Carol
Peggy Hayes Peggy Hayes ... Robbins
Juanita Morgan Copeland Juanita Morgan Copeland ... Jackie Kent
Eileen Lee Eileen Lee ... Doris
Julie Wakefield Julie Wakefield ... Pam
Leigh Reynolds Leigh Reynolds ... Donna
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A group of women miners get fed up with their lifestyle and decide to try crime. After successfully pulling off a jewelry store robbery, they fail to sell the jewelry and are forced to trade the jewels for cocaine. Soon they are busted by undercover cops when they try to sell the drugs, sending four of the women to a prison where a butch head guard uses the prisoners for her own deviant pleasures. Eventually they break out and split up. A Shah, who lost his priceless Scarab ring in the original robbery, tracks it to the two remaining women and offers them an employment opportunity. Director Ted Mikels appears as Leo the Fence, who is killed by one of the women who stomps him repeatedly with her spiked heel. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Not a "10", but who's counting?
16 October 2002 | by madsagittarianSee all my reviews

Flabbergasting is the word for this mighty entry in the canon of Ted V. Mikels, the Grade Z journeyman of 30-plus years of schlock. His films are so terrible, and not necessarily in an endearing kind of way, that you don't know whether to deify or damn the man for persistently, self-reliantly, churning out such endless truffle... his way or no way. Perhaps Mikels is the last of the true independents...

Anyway, this amusing piece of tedium concerns the exploits of some high-kicking gals (and there are eight, not ten, by the way) who, after they get even with some pervert slob at their job in a mine (in a real "Huh?" of an opening), decide to have some more adventure by plotting an intricate heist of a jewelry store and then rip off a "fence", which proves to be their undoing. As the picture lumbers along, the number of women in this club begin to dwindle. Finally, there are two left, who get sent to a tough women's prison (actually, a boiler room, but never mind) where they become at odds with a stereotypical butch lesbian warden (who probably has an 8mm copy of SEVEN BEAUTIES in her desk), and plot to escape.

I have not mentioned the names, nor any distinguishing traits of the girls. So -uh- "impressionistic" is this "uncompromising testament of women getting even in a male-dominated society" full of "dramatic irony" when they meet their retribution in the form of a woman (who is actually more male)... oh to hell with it. There is zero characterization; faint names are dropped here and there, but good luck matching them to the proper girl. In fact, the solely solid character in the entire piece is director Mikels himself, ironically, in his wonderful cameo as the fence whom the too-confident female mob attempts to rob.

But otherwise, this is yet another Ted Mikels home movie that actually got sold for release (if perhaps only on home video). The best attempts at artistry are the Neo-Realistic prison love scenes, which are so simply because they had no lights! That scene alone accounts for the dreariness that pervades this picture. The elusive tone of 10 VIOLENT WOMEN is interesting-- although it attempts to appease the R-rated audience with sex and violence, the movie is actually quite juvenile in its approach.

The completists of the wide wonderful world of Grade Z cinema will probably want to check this film out anyway. (Why else did I sit through Larry Buchanan's MISTRESS OF THE APES?) But for the sane viewer, their Ted Mikels fix will be abetted with THE DOLL SQUAD instead.

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Release Date:

March 1982 (USA) See more »

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Women's Penitentiary I See more »

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Seal Beach, California, USA See more »

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Cinema Features See more »
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1.85 : 1
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