Gannon is an imprisoned racketeer kingpin who tries to manipulate his young cell mate into staging a riot and prison break, but the cell mate tries to back out when he realizes other inmates may be killed in the process.
After eluding numerous convictions for ten years, New York City notorious criminal Lou Gannon is finally convicted for armed robbery and murder. He is sentenced to 20 years in a maximum-security prison. Once there, Gannon is already planning his escape. He meets several inmates that he already knew on the outside. One of them is old acquaintance Doc, fourteen years into a long sentence. Doc knows the prison better than the guards themselves. Another key man is Ed 'Bugsy' Kyle. He's a violent psychopath who is the most feared inmate and who controls the rest of the inmates. Doc, Bugsy and their tight group agree to allow Gannon be in charge when he reveals that he has an escape plan involving organized help from outside the prison. Gannon's cellmate, young criminal Rudy Hernandez is a former gang member who wanted to go straight, had a job and wanted to get married to his girlfriend. Unfortunately, Rudy messed up and agreed to be the getaway driver for a gang during a hold-up. For this... Written by
The plot of this film has been filmed a million times: a group of prisoners start a revolt in order to make an escape attempt. What makes this worth seeing over dozens of other "B" films is the good cast. Gene Evans is excellent as Lou Barlow who tricks good kid Rudy (Robert Blake) into helping him escape. Tim Carey gives his usual good performance as the unhinged prisoner "Bugsy" who lovingly fondles guns. Glad my local video store had this one.
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