A riot in a state prison is staged to cover up an escape attempt, during which many inmates and guards are killed. Shot on location at Arizona State Prison.

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Cully Briston is serving a 5 year sentence in an Arizona prison.He's not getting along well with the Sergeant of the guards who, on finding a bottle of moonshine near Cully, sends him to the isolation block.Arriving there Cully discovers that inmates have taken over the block and have taken the guards as hostages.Inmate Red Fraker is the leader of the revolt and asks Cully to join them in a mass escape.Cully tries to temper the inmates and avoid the killing of the guards who could be more useful as hostages during negotiations with state officials.Riot leader Red Fraker asks Cully to join the escape attempt and Cully reluctantly agrees.They decide to pretend negotiating better living conditions for the prison inmates in order to gain time for their real aim which is escaping.When Cully asks Red how would this even be possible, Red reveals the existence of an old tunnel, built under the prison auditorium. Very few inmates and no prison staff members know about the tunnel's ... Written by nufs68

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Freedom ... by any means necessary. See more »

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12 May 1969 (Denmark)  »

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The film is based on a non-fiction novel by Frank Elli. The novel described a real riot that took place in an Arizona state prison. See more »

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100 YEARS
Lyric by Robert Wells
Music by Krzysztof Komeda (as Christopher Komeda)
Sung by Bill Medley
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Maybe not a forgotten gem,but watchable all the same.
24 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Small budget movie,which Gene Hackman's fans might want to see.Its main originality lies in the fact that it does not show life in prison,but the inmates' revenge ,after a few wardens have been held hostages .The prisoners try to fool the prison authorities as they write a petition in order to improve their living conditions in jail while digging a tunnel .But it's many a mile to freedom .Not as good as Siegel's "escape from Alcatraz" (both movies are reportedly true stories).Very violent ,mainly in the second half.

Note:the movie was produced by William Castle with a score by Christopher Komeda.This team worked on "Rosemary's baby" the year before.And "Riot" music resembles that of "Rosemary".Notably,the sequence when the men are walking through the tunnel uses almost the same music as the sequence when Rosemary ,with a knife in her hand,walks through the corridor that leads to the Castevet's apartment.


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