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99 Women
99 Women poster.jpg
U.S. theatrical release poster
Directed byJesús Franco
Screenplay by
Produced byHarry Alan Towers
CinematographyManuel Merino
Edited by
Music byBruno Nicolai
  • Corona Filmproduktion
  • Hesperia Films
  • Cinematografica Associati
  • Towers of London[1]
Distributed byCommonwealth United Entertainment
Release date
5 March 1969
Running time
90 minutes
  • Liechtenstein
  • West Germany
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom

99 Women (German: Der heiße Tod, lit.'The Hot Death') is a 1969 women in prison film directed by Jesús Franco and starring Maria Schell, Mercedes McCambridge, Maria Rohm, Rosalba Neri, Luciana Paluzzi and Herbert Lom. One of the earliest and most financially successful examples of the genre,[1] it was produced by Harry Alan Towers as an international co-production.

The script was purchased from Robert L. Lippert.[4]



From contemporary reviews, an anonymous reviewer in the Monthly Film Bulletin reviewed a 70-minute version.[5] The reviewer found it to be a "Crude women's prison melodrama" with a "turgid script that rambles coyly on about lesbianism, flogging and the kinky pleasures of the Governor of a men's prison", concluding that the film was "all very tame and unremittingly tedious."[5]

Home media

On February 22, 2005, Blue Underground released an unrated DVD of the English-language director's cut featuring an interview and talent biography with Franco, deleted and alternate scenes, a poster and still gallery and the film's trailer. Alongside this, an X-rated release of the French version, featuring eight minutes of hardcore shots featuring actors not part of the film's main production was also made available.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c Mann, Dave (2014). Harry Alan Towers: The Transnational Career of a Cinematic Contrarian. McFarland. pp. 78–79. ISBN 978-0-7864-7982-5.
  2. ^ "99 mujeres [99 donne] (1969)". Archivio del Cinema Italiano On-Line.
  3. ^ 99 Women (X-Rated Hardcore Version) (DVD). Los Angeles, California: Blue Underground. 1969.
  4. ^ Martin, B. (Mar 8, 1967). "Young to direct 'mayerling'". Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 155641701.
  5. ^ a b "99 Mujeres (99 Women)". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 37, no. 435. British Film Institute. April 1970. p. 83.
  6. ^ "99 WOMEN (UNRATED DIRECTOR'S CUT)". Blue Underground. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "99 WOMEN (X-RATED FRENCH VERSION)". Blue Underground. Retrieved May 9, 2016.