Savage Sisters

Savage Sisters is a 1974 women in prison film made in the Philippines and directed by Eddie Romero.[1]

Savage Sisters
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Directed byEddie Romero
Produced by
Written by
  • H. Franco Moon
  • Harry Corner
Music byBax
CinematographyJusto Paulino
Edited byIsagani Pastor
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures (AIP) (US)
Release date
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  • July 1974 (1974-07)
Running time
126 minutes
  • Philippines
  • United States
BudgetUS$250,000.00 (estimated)

It was the last and most expensive of several movies actor/producer John Ashley filmed in that country.[2]


In a revolution-torn country, 1 million American dollars is stolen by a group of revolutionaries, including Mai Ling and Jo Turner. The revolutionaries are betrayed by gang members Malavasi and One Eye, who helped them with the job, and are imprisoned.

Policewoman Lynn Jackson busts Mai Ling and Jo out of prison. Captain Morales goes after them. The women deal with a con man, W.P. Billingsley.

Everyone chases after the money. Malavasi and One Eye try to get it, but are buried up to their necks in the sand. Billingsley tries to take the money, but is overpowered by the women.



The film's estimated budget was $250,000.[2][3]

The film's star, Gloria Hendry, later recalled, "John Ashley was a lot of fun, a very positive individual with a lot of energy. A free spirit. It was the first time I had ever gone to Manila, to the Philippines, to work... I spent three wonderful months there. I learned a lot about the country and their process of doing films."[4]

The film was originally called Ebony, Ivory and Jade and strongly featured martial arts. However, by the time the film was released, several martial arts films had not performed well, so the advertising campaign focused instead on the movie being about a Patty Hearst-type liberation army.[5]


The Chicago Tribune said that "only the broadly comic performance of Sid Haig... breaks the monotony of it all."[6]

The Los Angeles Times called it "one of the better lurid potboilers to come out of the Philippines... Romero's direction is snappy... amusing as a sort of very broad live action cartoon."[1]

Diabolique magazine wrote that Ashley was "especially fun" in the film "as a mustachioed, cigar-smoking conman type figure, doing push ups in leopard print underwear and bedding the three leads, indicating Ashley might have enjoyed a decent career as a character actor in later years had he so chosen."[7]


  1. ^ a b Thomas, K. (Oct 4, 1974). "A clean-cut 'dirty, O'neil'". Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 157709006.
  2. ^ a b Tom Weaver, "Interview with John Ashley", Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers: Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, Moguls and Makeup, McFarland 1988 p 42
  3. ^ Lamont, John (1990). "The John Ashley Filmography". Trash Compactor (Volume 2 No. 5 ed.). p. 26.
  4. ^ VOGER, M. (Oct 20, 2006). "BLACK BELT GLORIA". Asbury Park Press. ProQuest 437831687.
  5. ^ Lamont, John (1992). "The John Ashley Interview Part 2". Trash Compactor (Volume 2 No. 6 ed.). p. 6.
  6. ^ "Tempo/Movies". Chicago Tribune. Sep 24, 1974. ProQuest 169333360.
  7. ^ Vagg, Stephen (December 2019). "A Hell of a Life: The Nine Lives of John Ashley". Diabolique Magazine.

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