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Convicts 4 (1962)

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This movie is about the progression of John Resko's (Ben Gazzara) character as he is commuted from the death sentence for killing a man to life in prison... See full synopsis »

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John Resko
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Principal Keeper
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Iggy
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Carl Carmer
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'Tiptoes'
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Warden
Dodie Stevens ...
Resko's Sister
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Resko's Father
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Wino
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Resko's Mother
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Guard
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Art Teacher
John Kellogg ...
Guard
Robert H. Harris ...
Commissioner
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Resko's Wife
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This movie is about the progression of John Resko's (Ben Gazzara) character as he is commuted from the death sentence for killing a man to life in prison... See full synopsis »

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7 February 1963 (Mexico)  »

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Convicts Four  »

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First cinema film of Arthur Malet. See more »

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Although the story is supposedly taking place between 1931 and 1949, all the men's and women's hairstyles, clothing (such as warden Broderick Crawford's dacron polyester suit, in an early 1930's sequence), and manner of speech is strictly 1962, as is also the musical score. See more »

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The acting is what saves it
19 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

And it was the cast in that interested me into watching Convicts 4 in the first place. And while the film is well made with a realistic prison setting, it was the acting that helped to make the film more than it actually was for me. Ben Gazzara is terrific as is Sammy Davis Jnr. Stuart Whitman is also very good and well-meaning, and Ray Walston looks as though he is having a whale of a time. Rod Steiger and Vincent Price's performances are more like cameos, but they are memorable, particularly Price in a role that had shades of the sort of roles he excelled in. Timothy Carey is the only one who didn't really register with me, doesn't help that here his role is there but little is done with it to make it stand out. Aside from the production values and the acting, I was left unengaged on the whole. Convicts 4(not sure if I know the significance of the title) is not a terrible film, but at the same time it isn't something I recommend. The film as a whole is rather stagy with a fair bit of talk in the dialogue(at times it felt like too much), at the same time it is rather ordinary and slow-moving, and I don't think there was a moment despite the actors that I fully invested in any of the characters. The direction is competent, but doesn't have anything that stands out as particularly unique or memorable. Overall, has interest value and I cannot deny that the acting is very good but it didn't really engage me in other areas and as an overall film. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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