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Frank Elli (novel)
James Poe (writer)
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12 May 1969 (Denmark) See more »
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They exploded the ugliest riot in prison history to cover their dangerous, desperate break for freedom.
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Jim Brown ... Cully Briston

Gene Hackman ... Red Fraker
Mike Kellin ... Bugsy
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Grossman
Ben Carruthers ... Surefoot

Clifford David ... Mary Sheldon
Bill Walker ... Jake
Jerry Thompson ... Fisk
Ricky Summers ... Gravel Gertie
Mr. Gerri ... Queen #1
John Neiderhauser ... Queen #2
Frank Eyman ... The Warden (as Warden Frank A. Eyman)
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Directed by
Buzz Kulik 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Elli  novel "The Riot"
James Poe  writer

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
Dona Holloway .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Krzysztof Komeda 
 
Cinematography by
Robert B. Hauser 
 
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant 
 
Production Design by
Paul Sylbert 
 
Makeup Department
Charles Blackman .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
William Davidson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Daves .... second assistant director
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director
Alan Rudolph .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Walter Goss .... sound recordist
Clem Portman .... sound recordist
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John A. Anderson .... wardrober
 
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96 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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RIOT (Buzz Kulik, 1969) **1/2, 2 May 2014
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

I realized in time for his centenary tribute that this tense jailbreak thriller was produced by William Castle; the film does not have much of a reputation, however, and is perhaps most notable for being one of a number of transitory parts for Gene Hackman between his acquiring fame in BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) and stardom via THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) – another such effort, THE SPLIT (1968), had partnered him with Jim Brown (who also assumes the leading role here). Indeed, Hackman's superiority in the acting stakes – despite essentially playing second- fiddle to ex-American Football luminary Brown – in comparison to the other participants (more on this later) is palpable throughout. Having said that, Gerald S. O'Loughlin is initially set out as the prisoners' chief nemesis but his contribution gradually diminishes once the titular event takes centre-stage.

The movie is basically an updated and more brutal version of earlier prison dramas, the obvious prototype being Don Siegel's noir classic RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11 (1954). What is interesting in this case is that the riot is borne out of an attempted mass escape of the isolation division; when the latter is foiled, mastermind Hackman decides to buy some time – ostensibly negotiating system reforms with the authorities on the outside (as it happens, the fearsome warden has chosen this precise moment to take a break!) – while a tunnel is being laboriously dug from under the auditorium to freedom just past the walls of the vast compound!! Incidentally, Castle is to be commended for shooting this in an authentic Arizona correctional facility – with not only the real-life warden filling his respective shoes within the narrative (I wonder whether he was aware of how unsympathetically his office was being depicted!) but also a number of the convicts themselves!!

As I said, the film features a number of contemporary trappings which, frankly, do it (and even more so the genre involved) no more than a disservice – notably a substance-fuelled party by the inmates, with a handful of them in drag so as to titillate their 'colleagues'; one of them even invites coloured macho Brown to his cell, but he obviously backs off (preferring to envision a clutch of bikini-clad 'sisters' in the movie's one scene with female presences, drooling over him)! Similarly over-the-top are the actions of a wacky knife-happy Indian who constantly antagonizes Brown, and whom Hackman needs tagging along in order to supply guidance in their eventual flight to Mexico…only to have his throat memorably slit by him at their very moment of glory (many of the intended fugitives had already been routed by the shrewd warden)! Among the assets, then, are the pristine DVD-sourced look and Krzysztof Komeda's unusual score (albeit backed by a recurring wistful ballad that acts as Brown's theme tune), the esteemed Polish composer's last effort prior to his untimely tragic death – and which ties the picture with Castle's much more distinguished production ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968).

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