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James V. Dunn
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Warden Reynolds
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Commissioner Haskell
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Crazy Mike Carnie
Robert Osterloh ...
The Colonel
Paul Frees ...
Monroe
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Alvy Moore ...
Gator
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Schuyler
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James Anderson ...
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Carleton Young ...
Guard Captain Barrett
Harold J. Kennedy ...
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Jonathan Hole ...
Reporter Russell
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Producer Walter Wanger, who had just been released from a prison term after shooting a man he believed was having an affair with his wife, wanted to make a film about the appalling conditions he saw while he was incarcerated. He got together with director Don Siegel and they came up with this film, in which several prison inmates, to protest brutal guards, substandard food, overcrowding and barely livable conditions, stage an uprising, in which most of the inmates join, and take several guards hostage. Negotiations between the inmates and prison officials are stymied, however, by politicians interfering with the prison administration, and by dissension and infighting in the inmates' own ranks. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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FILMED ON THE SPOT BEHIND PRISON WALLS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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28 February 1954 (USA)  »

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Les révoltés de la cellule 11  »

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This was such a hit that Walter Wanger teamed with Don Siegel two years later for the now classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). See more »

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Rather Disappointing
25 February 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I'm a massive fan of prison dramas which is reflected in OZ being my all time favourite American TV show . I guess the appeal lies in a type of smug voyeurism of wanting to see bad things happen to bad mens' bottoms , but I found Don Siegel's RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11 to be rather disappointing . Okay I knew since it was made in 1954 it would be devoid of bad language , graphic shankings and gang rape but even so it's a rather weak film compared to prison portrayal in earlier movies like EACH DAWN I DIE and WHITE HEAT . The problem lies in the preachy tone of the movie with riot leader Dunn being something of a prison reformer . Yeah that sounds ridiculous since he's a violent anti hero rather than some limp wristed tree hugging do gooder on a salary , but that's what he is in essence , he wants to see prisoners rehabilitated to rejoin society rather than being made to suffer . There's also a problem of making a B movie with such radical themes ( Quite ironic that Siegel would later make DIRTY HARRY where the only good criminal is a dead one ) and that is the cast isn't very good with Emile Meyer as the warder being especially irritating in his performance . like i said a disappointing movie


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