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The plot details are a little hazy to me, because I saw this movie in my early teens. But I do recall that I was tremendously moved by it and have always looked for it on small screen. So far, I have not seen it, but that doesn't mean it was not available.
At the time I saw the film, I was so impressed with the thought of a relatively low security, more humane prison. I was very young and it was the first time I saw anything that made me think of convicts as human beings.
Even though I do like the music, ironically at the time I thought it had unsatisfying lyrics (Unchained Melody, that is).
I don't think a film impressed me so much again until I saw Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones. These films illustrate much more powerfully than any documentary what the human spirit can conquer.
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