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Riot (1969)

Jim Brown , Gene Hackman , Buzz Kulik  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Brown, Gene Hackman, Mike Kellin, Gerald S. O'Loughlin
  • Directors: Buzz Kulik
  • Writers: James Pos, Frank Elli
  • Producers: William Castle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042JH0GC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,149 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Gene Hackman, Jim Brown, Ben Carruthers. A band of prisoners hatch a brilliant scheme to provoke their fellow inmates to start a riot and take hostages while they escape amidst the chaos. 1969/color/96 min/R/widescreen.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine Escape Movie December 20, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Riot is a good action film about Jim Brown and Gene Hackman staging a riot in prison in order to allow a distraction so they can escape through underground tunnels. Brown and Hackman are great in this and the suspense of the last 30 minutes is killer! I rank this one up there with Escape From Alcatraz. A must see for all fans of escapism movies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie July 19, 2011
By L. Ross
Format:DVD
Riot was filmed on location at the Arizona State Prison in Florance, Arizona. Prison staff and inmates were used as extras during the filming. Warden Eyman played himself and did a great jod at it too! I have been waiting years for this to come to DVD. This is a great movie and well worth the price.
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A lot of the movies I special order from Amazon don't live up to the memories I have from childhood. This one, however lives up to it and surpasses it. Gene Hackman does his usual excellent job as an untrustworthy, yet highly intelligent leader of a prison riot that is being used as a diversion for a planned prison break.

But it is the riveting, yet underplayed, performance of Jim Brown that makes this move an edge of the seat thriller. Originally trying to keep things from getting out of hand by protecting a brutal guard, he finds himself more and more named the leader and mastermind of the riot, first by the inmates, then, to his dismay, by the warden. (Played by a real warden who is every bit as tough and believable as you might expect.) It's not just a movie about a prison break, it's a movie about leadership and command and how they can be thrust upon men and women.

Why this move has never been replayed on cable in the last few decades escapes me, since the setting and story are timeless. As a matter of fact the only thing that gives away the date is a couple of police cars in one scene.

I won't ruin the ending, but believe me, you'll be surprised and not let down.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RIOT August 26, 2011
By dobell1
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Film is a Classic, It is very accurate of prisons in the early 1980's. I was surprised at the DVD Quality of it, and the seller was fast and no problems!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prison blues July 9, 2013
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Good product. I remember the film from many years ago and often wondered when it would surface in DVD for.
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