Turned Out: Sexual Assault Behind Bars

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(33) IMDb 7/10

Narrated by Danny Trejo, Turned Out looks beyond the shock and inhumanity of prison rape to the intricate social hierarchy that keeps it alive. Filmmaker Jonathan Schwartz went deep inside Alabama's infamous Limestone penitentiary to uncover the long-term causes and consequences of prison rape. With a startling lack of inhibition, five inmates reveal the workings of an elaborate inner society. In Limestone, sex is the gold standard, men sell their bodies for bags of coffee or chips, and makeshift families are cobbled together out of fear and cautious love. Turned Out is the first documentary to capture prison life with the clarity of High Definition videography. Given the recent and severe prohibitions on filming inside many state prisons, it might be one of the last.

Starring:
David Mendenhall Jr., Danny Trejo
Runtime:
56 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Jonathan Schwartz
Starring David Mendenhall Jr., Danny Trejo
Studio MVD Entertainment
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T. Juergens on March 4, 2009
Format: DVD
This awesome filmmic trip through the one of the grittiest aspects of prison life - the subjugation and rape of the weak by the strong - held me spellbound. Kind of like having a dream while you're awake. It also provides prisoners' surprisingly stoic insights into what they get from benign homosexual relationships (more than just sex). A must see for anyone interested in just how twisted - and suprisingly tender - prison life can be. Actor Danny Trejo, who narrates, is a great touch, and the soundtrack is seductive. "Turned Out" has great picture quality and a very high end encoding standard for a home DVD.
For an independent documentary the extra features were indeed excellent. Extra features include in-depth interviews with assaulted inmates, interviews with main characters five years after the original filming, an interview with a female rape victim, an image gallery, and music videos by rappers C-Nile and Juvenile, and by country singer/convict Denver Holloway.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carter Ross on January 17, 2013
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I gave Turned Out: Sexual Assault Behind Bars 4 stars because I didn't feel comfortable stating I "loved" a documentary about prison rape. I don't know how the film makers were able to get such candid interviews from inmates. The inmates' description of the depravity that exists within prison walls are the ingredients of nightmares.This documentary should be a required addition to any "scared straight" program. If you have a morbid curiosity about the social dynamics that exists in prisons, watch this, you won't be disappointed.
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This is a fascinating, if inherently disturbing subject and video. I find the prison subculture (gangs, isolation, extraction teams, and especially the many ways prisoners make do in creating their own meals) and all the myriad dynamics at play to literally be a world unto itself. I don't know how they pulled off scoring Danny T to narrate this, but kudos to the production team on that one. That said, this documentary does have a couple positives - first, it looks at both sides of this issue: the predator, and the prey. The downside, is that it pretty much focuses on one of each. It doesn't do a good job of interviewing a wider number of predators and victims (or, in some cases, willing participants), and in that way it does not provide as full a picture as I'd hoped. So, it's an OK rental, but you will probably end up disappointed, unless you are one of the unfortunate few who has a term in prison pending, and is looking for some inside info and guidance as to how to behave once the gates close behind them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SoliteiC on March 4, 2013
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I liked this documentary its very intense and scary and real and dramatic...I think it's a must see without the kids in earshot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 10, 2014
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Good documentary. Really goes into detail about life behind bars for some individuals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Desmond Hudnall on February 25, 2014
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This Documentary is worth watching. Gives you insight that goes far beyond what others have accomplished in the past.

This would be the documentary that OZ tried to accomplish on screen!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KRS on December 4, 2012
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A look at prison rape, prison sex and relationships that is not sensationalized for media but a revealing and sometimes touching understanding of what happens.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 6, 2012
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This video takes you inside the prison to see what is really going on in there. It's not going to be well received by people who feel strong judgement against people in prison, it might even make you judge them more. But if you're like me, and have had family and friends who have been incarcerated, and they 'didn't want to talk about it' once they got home, this gives you an idea of the atmosphere inside and why people become hardened and institutionalized from being behind bars. This is a look inside for those of us who have never been there, and yes it is shot with compassion towards the prisoners. For me personally, this gave me some insight and understanding about a topic I always wanted to know about, but none have ever told me about their direct experiences. When I was done watching this I was so glad that it had been made available so easily here on Amazon.
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