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The Slams

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$1.5 million cached in a secret stash. And only Curtis Hook (Jim Brown) knows where it's at. The hitch? He's tied up doing time in the stir, and his hidden kitty's spot is scheduled for demolition. Looks like Curtis is going over the wall. Too bad for him there's a legion of mooks and mugs anxious to know what Curtis did with the stolen mob moolah. And if he can survive his fellow cons, he still needs to get past the corrupt screws "guarding" the slam's inmates. What good is a trunk full of bucks when your life ain't worth a dime? The Slams was an early effort by prolific indie turned journeyman pro Jonathan Kaplan, whose many credits include the cult favorites White Line Fever and Over the Edge (featuring Kaplan's discovery, Matt Dillon). His more mainstream accomplishments include directing Jodie Foster's Oscar(r) winning performance in The Accused. The Slams also features a rare movie score from legendary Broadway arranger Luther Henderson.

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  • Actors: Jim Brown
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007I1Q4QS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,277 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Smart on March 1, 2015
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Very good B movie about a prison inmate named Curtis (Jim Brown) who is the target of various prison factions and corrupt guards who all want to learn the location of 1.5 million dollars in cash from a heist that Curtis managed to stash before getting caught. Curtis is fine being patient and doing his time until he finds out that the place he hid the cash is scheduled for demolition to make way for new construction. With nobody he can trust on the outside to retrieve the money Curtis is forced to quickly come up with a plan for escape.

In the late 1960's Hollywood was trying to turn Jim Brown into a mainstream movie star with vehicles like ...tick...tick...tic... and The Split. The problem was that Jim Brown had the looks and physique to be a movie star but as an actor was a stiff. Watching him opposite Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Klugman, Warren Oates and Donald Sutherland in the The Split makes Jim Brown's limitations as a lead painfully obvious.

By 1973 when The Slams was made Jim Brown's status as an A list actor was over and he was relegated to making B movies like Slaughter and I Escaped From Devil's Island. If you watch The Split (1968) and The Slams (1973) back to back the most striking thing is how much looser and more comfortable Jim Brown is on screen in the latter film--he seems liberated with the demands of being a respectable actor lifted.

The Slams showcases Jim Brown at his best--he is loose, charismatic and genuinely fun to watch. Part of the credit for Jim Brown's uncharacteristically strong work in The Slams is likely due to director Jonathan Kaplan who later made The Accused which earned Jodie Foster a shocking at the time Academy Award since her career as an adult actress had been going nowhere.
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I am a Jim Brown fan and this was a movie I remember seeing in the Saturday afternoon triple feature as a kid. It is not going to be confused with Casablanca, but for a B movie, it earns decent marks from an entertainment standpoint. Some of the cinematography was off because of the age of this movie and maybe because I watched on my Kindle instead of my much larger flat screen.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin "SK" R Simon on August 13, 2013
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Poor video and audio quality. Grainy frames. Distorted, blaring sound. Film credits to the right and out of frame. Black frames - no picture. I became totally disinterested in watching this film as it flopped through the intro, and I'm a big Jim Brown fan. Too bad. Please refund immediately.
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