During a menage-a trois fantasy sequence (in Martha's mind?
), Mc Burney was seen making love to Martha with Edwina next to him, and the two females shared a lesbian kiss.
Sandy awkwardly tried to feel Susan's breasts through her clothes during a date, details of which he later shared with Jonathan.
In the meantime, Jonathan betrayed his friend and dated Susan ("Myrtle") and she lost her virginity to him, unbeknownst to Sandy, although eventually Sandy married Susan and had a family in a typical surburban setting. " He added: "For God's sake, I'd almost marry you if you'd leave me."The film then followed Jonathan into his divorced, burnt-out life in the late 60s and 70s, when he looked back and called ex-wife Bobbie "Queen of the Ballbusters." Meanwhile, Sandy was dating 18 year-old free-love advocate and hippie Jennifer (Carol Kane).
During a shower scene, Helen decided to subject Marni to her wishes, commanding her to wash her back.
Karen enticed Fred (Jerry Franks), an American mercenary who sold goods to the prison (and brought in contraband), to watch her (through a frosted glass window) in a shower and touch herself.
John Mc Burney who took refuge in an all-female seminary school for prim and proper Southern girls, led by sexually-frustrated headmistress Martha Farnsworth (Geraldine Page).
It followed their difficult initiation into sex ("scoring" with coeds) during their 1940s student days at Amherst (with among others, Candice Bergen as the pretty and intelligent Smith College student Susan whom they both dated).
The vogue in the early 70s were low-budget sexploitative women-in-prison (WIP) films, such as this early and influential one by director Jack Hill, with the requisite nudity, violence, feministic attitude and lesbianism, and social grittiness.
[Hill would later go on to direct up-and-coming star Pam Grier in the blaxploitation classic Coffy (1973).] This one was Roger Corman's second film produced by New World Pictures.
This Mike Nichols film with striking adult subject matter (regarding the fragile male ego and bravado, dysfunctionality, and misogyny), sexual encounters, and profanity further pushed the boundaries of sex in cinema although the film had little in the way of explicit sex.
It challenged the ratings system and the general morals of the time.
During the day, the prisoners were taken out to the fields to work.