||A Closer Look
Purgatory: The Movie
Did you miss this one at your local multiplex?
Two women traveling in a foreign country are thrown in jail when martial law is declared. When their own government turns its back, they must resort to desperate measures to escape. Carly and Melanie are in Africa serving in the Peace Corps. However, they are thrown in a prison nicknamed Purgatory after being falsely accused of possessing narcotics. Unfortunately, the prison warden is also a pimp using some of his lovelier inmates (including Carly and Melanie) as hookers. This sex-while-incarcerated scenario proves too much for Melanie, who eventually takes her own life, leaving Carly alone in her attempt to flee from the hellish Purgatory. The film stars Tanya Roberts. It came out in 1988.