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A semi-fictionalized version of John Resko's incarceration is presented. John is on death row at Sing Sing for murder. In December 1930, he killed a toy store shopkeeper over a teddy bear he wanted to get as a Christmas present for his two year old daughter, Cathy, but for which he could not pay. Twenty minutes before John's scheduled execution, he is given a reprieve, his sentence commuted to life, and he transferred to Dannemora. He initially has a difficult time adjusting to life at Dannemora, from the uncaring direction of the prison administration including they not dealing with the issue of bed bugs, to altercations with fellow prisoners who seem to want their two pounds of literal and figurative flesh from John, to news that he receives from the outside about goings-on within his family. However, he does eventually befriend many of his fellow prisoners, especially Nick, Iggy and Wino. John dreams of escaping from Dannemora, so that he can be at least an economically generating ... Written by
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 »
Failed man is rehabilitated in prison by his artistic talents.
excellent cast and story of prison life thrust upon a desperate man who's only wish was to buy a present(Christmas) for his daughter.The robbery and murder of the store clerk is only secondary to the shame and humiliation he feels because of his own personal failure.His inability is further shown in his failure to adjust to prison life and his failed attempts at escape.This film is augmented by the strong supporting cast.
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