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Fortune and Men's Eyes (1971)

R  |   |  Drama  |  15 June 1971 (USA)
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The young, naive Smitty is sent to prison for six months; Cathy, his girlfriend, watches as he disappears behind the bars and barbed wire. He's assigned a cell with Queenie, a balls-out ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Smitty
Michael Greer ...
Queenie
Zooey Hall ...
Rocky
Danny Freedman ...
Mona
Larry Perkins ...
Screwdriver
James Barron ...
Holy Face Peters
Lázaro Pérez ...
Catso
Jon Granik ...
Sgt. Gritt
Tom Harvey ...
Warden Gasher
Hugh Webster ...
Rabbit
Kirk McColl ...
Guard Sullivan
Vance Davis ...
Sailor
Robert Goodier ...
Doctor
Cathy Wiehl ...
Cathy
Georges Allard ...
Fiddler
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The young, naive Smitty is sent to prison for six months; Cathy, his girlfriend, watches as he disappears behind the bars and barbed wire. He's assigned a cell with Queenie, a balls-out drag queen, Rocky, a quiet but cocky con, and Mona, a young gay man who ministers to Rocky. Smitty watches in horror as gangs of inmates brutalize prisoners who lack protection. Those who complain risk beatings or murder at the hands of unsympathetic guards: all cries are bootless. Mona offers poetry - Shakespeare's sonnet XXIX; Queenie and Rocky offer Smitty advice, and Rocky offers protection for a price. Smitty's choices and their consequences are the film's main subjects. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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What goes on in prison is a crime.

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Aux yeux du sort et des humains  »

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CAD 1,109,000 (estimated)
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Title is taken from a Shakespearean poem entitled "When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes". See more »

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Referenced in Come of Age (1971) See more »

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'Fortune and Men's Eyes' review
27 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Fortune and Men's Eyes' is a film which I recommend as interesting viewing for anyone who wishes to watch an early story of important gay cinema.

It's author, the late playwright Jonhn Herbert, is an icon of gay writing.

This is a story based on John Herbert's own unfortunate true experience as an inmate as a teenager in a penal institution in Canada, wrongly imprisoned after being the victim of gay bashing. It is a play that later became a film.

I recommend that you watch this film despite the fact that it is old, to say the least.


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