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Against the Wall (1994)

Based on the true story of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writer:

Ron Hutchinson
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle MacLachlan ... Michael Smith
Samuel L. Jackson ... Jamaal
Clarence Williams III ... Chaka
Frederic Forrest ... Weisbad
Harry Dean Stanton ... Hal
Philip Bosco ... Oswald
Tom Bower ... Ed
Anne Heche ... Sharon
Carmen Argenziano ... Mancusi
Peter Murnik ... Jess
Steve Harris ... Cecil
David Ackroyd ... William Kuntsler
Mark Cabus ... Ken
Bruce Evers Bruce Evers ... Yates
Joey Anderson Joey Anderson ... Mrs. Willis
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Storyline

Based on the true story of the uprising at Attica Prison in 1971. Michael Smith, a new recruit to the prison service, along with several of his colleagues get caught up in a prison riot fueled by bad prison management and a lack of understanding by the guards Written by Rob Hartill

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a graphic depiction of a prison uprising, and for some strong language. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Against the Wall See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

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Production Co:

HBO Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed at the former Tennessee state main prison, which opened in 1898, and closed in 1992. See more »

Quotes

Cecil: We even gonna free white boys today!
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Connections

Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

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Rare Masterpiece
12 November 2010 | by Orgbd02See all my reviews

Not that this matters with regard to the quality of the movie but this was one of the first original movies made for HBO where they didn't have to sell their soul to a movie studio.

Enough preaching, this is on the level of Shawshank. In my opinion better but different. Prison is hell for the guards and the inmates. Sometimes the inmates need to revolt and this movie does a good job taking a real situation and presents both sides of the story perfectly. You feel for the inmates, you feel for the guards. The problem is the system.

The acting is great and this isn't a politically correct movie or a movie with a political agenda with the exception of an anti government theme.

I would recommend this film to anybody with a sense of personal freedom or revolt against the system. I am surprised this isn't a cult movie on the lines of A Clockwork Orange.


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