Savage Sisters

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

Savage Sisters
Directed byEddie Romero
Produced byJohn Ashley
Eddie Romero
David Cohen
Written byH. Franco Moon
Harry Corner
StarringGloria Hendry
John Ashley
Sid Haig
Eddie Garcia
Cheri Caffaro
Vic Diaz
Rosanna Ortiz
Rita Gomez
Leopoldo Salcedo
Music byLes Baxter
CinematographyJusto Paulino
Cinema Projects International
Distributed byAIP (US)
Release date
Budget$250,000 (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.


  • Gloria Hendry as Lynn Jackson
  • Cheri Caffaro as Jo Turner
  • Rosanna Oritz as Mei Ling
  • John Ashley as W. P. Billingsley
  • Sid Haig as Malavasi
  • Eddie Garcia as Capt. Morales
  • Vic Diaz as One-Eye
  • Rita Gomez as Matron Ortega
  • Leopoldo Salcedo as Gen. Balthazar
  • Dindo Fernando as Ernesto
  • Angelo Ventura as Punjab
  • Romeo Rivera as Raul
  • Alfonso Carvajal as Ruiz
  • Robert Rivera as Rocco
  • Subas Herrero as Victor


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."[7]


  1. Thomas, K. (1974, Oct 04). A clean-cut 'dirty, O'neil'. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  2. 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. (2006, Oct 20). BLACK BELT GLORIA. Asbury Park Press Retrieved from
  5. Lamont, John (1992). "The John Ashley Interview Part 2". Trash Compactor (Volume 2 No. 6 ed.). p. 6.
  6. Tempo/Movies. (1974, Sep 24). Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File) Retrieved from
  7. Thomas, K. (1974, Oct 04). A clean-cut 'dirty, O'neil'. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
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