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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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They Blow the Big House Apart!

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Biography | Drama

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7 February 1963 (Mexico)  »

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Convicts Four  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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First cinema film of Arthur Malet. See more »

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In last art class sequence, blackboard behind Teach is alternately clean or has writing on it from shot to shot. See more »

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Exceptional.
8 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I've seen quite a few prison movies and this one is a bit different. First off, it's based on a real person. Second, because it's real, it lacks the glamor or sadism of prison films like "Brute Force" or "The Shawshank Redemption". And, unlike the awful "Birdman of Alcatraz" (which completely sanitized a truly evil man), this one sticks pretty close to the facts.

The film begins with John Resko (Ben Gazzara) on death row and in a flashback scene, you learn how he got there. However, shortly before his execution, his sentence is commuted to life in prison and the rest of the film concerns his attempt to cope with prison life. However, unlike the expected outcome (being taken out in a pine box), Resko, with the help of a caring prison guard, finds a means of escape--but not at all the one he expected.

There's a lot more to the film than my brief description. However, it is NOT an action-packed film or one that shows prison being hellish--just boring and a waste of life. It does a good job of this. But what's really neat are the performances. Gazzara was a heck of a good actor and you wonder if he would have been a big star had he possessed Hollywood good looks. But it's not just him--the rest of the cast is quite good. A particular standout is Sammy Davis, but Ray Walston (in a wacky role) and Stuart Whitman are also quite good. Realistic and fascinating...and a bit slow. But this slowness I really appreciated, as the film didn't change facts to make for a non-stop action or suspenseful film--just reality.


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