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Prison of Secrets (1997)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 16 March 1997
Lynn Schaffer is willfully irresponsible once too often, gets fired and refuses a plea-bargain with her employer. She's now convicted and because of this uncooperative attitude gets the ... See full summary »

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Fred Gerber

Writer:

Layce Gardner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephanie Zimbalist ... Lynn Schaffer
Finola Hughes ... Angie
Gary Frank ... Larry Schaffer
Rusty Schwimmer ... Carla
Kimberly Russell ... Frannie
Tasia Valenza ... Maria
Joel Polis ... Brad
Dale Dickey ... Harriet
Paige Moss ... Betsy
Stephanie Sawyer ... Carey
Brian Smiar Brian Smiar ... Joe
Janni Brenn Janni Brenn ... Sheila
Dan Lauria ... Sergeant Ed Crang
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Dennis
Stephen Quadros ... Stu
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Lynn Schaffer is willfully irresponsible once too often, gets fired and refuses a plea-bargain with her employer. She's now convicted and because of this uncooperative attitude gets the maximum sentence, 10 years in a women's jail wing. Model husband Larry, who wasn't informed of her dumb schemes is left running her appeal, the household and spoiled daughter who now feels abandoned. Since most inmates are junkies or prostitutes, sergeant Ed Crang and fellow corrupt jailers can run a 'favors in kind exchange'. For rebels, it gets worse. Larry however has his own radio show, so it all hangs on gathering proof. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drugs, Prostitution, Corruption were not her crimes... They were her punishment. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Innanför murarna See more »

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Stereo

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Color
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Music & Lyrics by Joey Newman
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Based on a True Story
6 November 2006 | by astravitzSee all my reviews

Director: Fred Gerber Year film was made: 1997 Genre: Drama Stars: Stephanie Zimbalist, Finola Hughes

Typical made for TV movie. It's a fun to watch, with "b" rated acting. I have to agree with the other viewer comment, that the main character gets what she deserved. You can't expect to steal money and get away with it - justice was served. Although I thought a 10 year sentence was excessive for a first offense, especially when she had to return the money. Also, most employers wouldn't have pursed charges for fear of negative publicity - although with a private company I guess it's more likely to pursue the charges. Where I work if you help your company save money then it's reflected in your bonus, I suspect that's the way it is most other work environments.

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This is the nightmarish true story of a middle-class wife and mother who is found guilty of a white-collar crime and finds herself serving a prison sentence. While incarcerated, she witnesses the assaults of female prisoners by male guards and uncovers a prison prostitution ring. Outraged, she clandestinely informs her husband, a popular local-radio talk-show host, risking her life and her family's safety to successfully expose this injustice. Ultimately, 22 guards were fired or replaced by women.


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