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Riot in Cell Block 11 [VHS]
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The producer only served a four-month term in a minimum-security correctional facility, but he emerged from that experience with some strong feelings about prison reform. That, and the fact that there was a spate of prison riots across the country during the early 1950s, motivated Wanger to make the 1954 film, now a minor classic of the genre.
Written by Richard Collins, directed by Don Siegel and actually shot at Folsom Prison, RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11 is a vigorous, violent drama about desperate men pushed to their limit; trying to regain a portion of their humanity. The cast is filled with many familiar faces; character actors who seldom got the opportunity during their careers to play roles as rich as these.
Neville Brand and Leo Gordon are the ringleaders of the riot, taking guards as hostages to insure that their demands for better prison conditions are met. Robert Osterloh is another convict, a passive member of the rebellion, who helps Brand better frame the demands, and Emile Meyer, as the warden, and Frank Faylen, as the governor’s representative, are the authority figures.
Siegel’s direction is gritty, fast paced; his scenes often shocking. If the movie has a flaw, it is an over abundance of speechifying about prison reform.
RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11 has now been released by The Criterion Collection in a 2K digital restoration; two-disc set (Blu-Ray/DVD). Extras include audio commentary by film scholar Matthew H.Read more ›
This is a very good movie and is a good example of movies made in the 1950', especially when directed by Don Siegel
The riot scenes are very well-shot and the film creates a sense of suspense and tension that kept me engaged. Well-made, underrated American crime film.
The only 'star' in the movie I knew of was Neville Brand ... but sometimes that can be good because you can just get into the
picture itself more when you don't know all the actors. Seemed pretty realistic to the time period it was made. Will enjoy watching it again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful!!!!! Always had a thing for Neville Brand and he is so good.Published 17 days ago by Dr. Sarcasm
This two disc classic Blu-Ray/DVD prison drama movie from the Criterion Collection, arrived on time and undamaged and completely intact, following its removal from the parcel it... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert Andrew Curry
Director Don Siegiel was a underratted moviemaker , he did many fine films long before he worked with Clint Eastwood , Riot in cell block 11 is one of best prison film ever made ,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jan-Olof Cyren
You get 5 Xtras with this dvd.
This used to be one of my favorite films not so much now.
Running Time on this is 80 min,I rate this Good and Recommend it. Read more
A beautiful transfer, and the audio commentary is very informative!Published 9 months ago by Garrett Goulet
Love these old fifties movies. This one contained many familiar faces, including Thomas B. Henry in an uncredited role as the governor. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stargazer
For those like me who can't play Region A Blu-rays, I can confirm that the DVD version is excellent as ever from Criterion.Published 14 months ago by FrankM
Good print of a very good picture. Every once in a while Allied Artists would make a film that looked better than a TV show and this is one of them. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mark Mcgee
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