6.8/10
341
12 user 8 critic

Fortune and Men's Eyes (1971)

R | | Drama | 15 June 1971 (USA)
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 »

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Coming Out I (1989)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Reportedly the first film to come out of East Germany to deal openly with gay issues. Philipp, a closeted teacher is dating a female collegue to keep up appearances. One night, by 'accident... See full summary »

Director: Heiner Carow
Stars: Matthias Freihof, Dagmar Manzel, Dirk Kummer
Drown I (2015)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Three surf lifesavers on a big night out. Jealousy, homophobic fears and unrequited lust culminate in a tragic booze-fueled episode of near-fatal bullying.

Director: Dean Francis
Stars: Matt Levett, Maya Stange, Jack Matthews
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A documentary about the stereotype of the gay voice.

Director: David Thorpe
Stars: David Thorpe, George Takei, Tim Gunn
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews re-imagine the lost 40 minutes from "Cruising" as a starting point to a broader exploration of sexual and creative freedom.

Directors: James Franco, Travis Mathews
Stars: Val Lauren, Christian Patrick, James Franco
Peyote (2013)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Pablo, a shy teenager, meets Marco, who is a few years older than him. Together they go on a impromptu road trip to the Mexican desert, a trip that will make them face what they mean to each other.

Director: Omar Flores Sarabia
Stars: Joe Diazzi, Carlos Luque
Dare (2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A drama centered around three high school seniors - an aspiring actress, her misfit best friend, and a loner - who become engaged in an intimate and complicated relationship.

Director: Adam Salky
Stars: Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, Ashley Springer
Doing Time on Maple Drive (TV Movie 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Absent father, alcoholic brother Tim try to cope with life.

Director: Ken Olin
Stars: James Sikking, Bibi Besch, William McNamara
Dirty Laundry I (2006)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A modern-day prodigal son story with a twist. It follows Patrick, a magazine writer, who seems to have the "perfect life," until one day, there is a knock at the door. On the other side stands a secret that brings him face to face with the traditional southern family he hasn't seen in over 10 years.

Director: Maurice Jamal
Stars: Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Devine, Jenifer Lewis
Floating (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Floating is the story of a young man's struggle to come of age during a violent period of emotional and financial bankruptcy. The film stars Norman Reedus as Van, a son shouldering the ... See full summary »

Director: William Roth
Stars: Norman Reedus, Chad Lowe, Will Lyman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

With the impressive "Between Something & Nothing," Todd Verow (Vacationland, Bulldog in the Whitehouse) once again revisits his own past, recounting the life of a freshman art school ... See full summary »

Director: Todd Verow
Stars: Philly Abe, Robert Axel, Gil Bar-Sela
Four Moons (2014)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Four stories of love and disgust between men of different generations facing their conflicts and their fears

Director: Sergio Tovar Velarde
Stars: Antonio Velázquez, Alejandro de la Madrid, Cesar Ramos
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this but wants to live out his passion anyway.

Director: Alain Guiraudie
Stars: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumçao
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What goes on in prison is a crime.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

15 June 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al sordo cielo  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 1,109,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Sal Mineo directed the 1969 Los Angeles production "Fortune and Men's Eyes and played the role of Rocky, a prison bully, who rapes a naive young prisoner, Smitty (played by Don Johnson in the L.A. production). Mineo's staging emphasized violence and sexuality. He added a scene to the play, staging Rocky's rape of Smitty in the prison shower, an event that had been kept off stage in earlier productions. The Los Angeles production, which was eventually moved to New York (without Mineo as an actor) featured full frontal nudity. Mineo also directed a subsequent San Francisco production. Although playwright John Herbert did not initially object to Mineo's alterations, he vociferously criticized Mineo's Los Angeles and New York stagings. (Being a convicted felon, the Canadian Herbert was unable to enter the U.S. to actually see the productions.) Herbert refused to sell him the film rights to his play, and the estrangement obviated any chance of Mineo being involved in the 1971 movie version of the play. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Come of Age (1971) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Candid Prison Drama
29 January 2004 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

It was a good thing they had a cast-audience group discussion following off-Broadway weekend performances of "Fortune and Men's Eyes."

That way whatever questions may have been on attendees' minds could be fielded directly to cast members and director, which were seated across the proscenium.

After the performance I had the pleasure of attending, I was struck by the candor of that production's "working family." Somehow, the intimate nature of the play appeared to make for great cast cohesiveness, and the discussion was lively and informative. It also provided greater clarity as to what both Playwright John Herbert had in mind and what the director was trying to express.

Unfortunately, in the film version (scripted by the playwright) there was something missing. Despite a fine cast delivering thoroughly thoughtful performances, an unrelenting downbeat pall seems to hover over everything.

It's been reported that the film's producers wanted the sensational qualities emphasized; they got their wish--probably at the expense of a broader, more poetic and philosophical statement of the human condition.

Michael Greer offered an outstanding Queenie, a character that is quite convincing. However, it's a bitter, sardonic soul whose surface sense of humor's only a cover for a wounded interior.

Zooey Hall's Rocky is likewise expertly rendered and completely believable--yet a crafty and cold individual with few redeeming qualities.

Wendell Burton's Smitty is the most empathetic character, yet a "pothead" and "looser"--not at all the "innocent" he purports to be.

Harvey Hart's & Jules Schwerin's codirection is adequate, given their parameters. Yet the entire production fails to rise much above the norm, despite many powerful and effective expose scenes.

It's interesting to note the careers of the above three lead actors: Burton had the most work, yet roles were few and far between, and he retired from acting at the early age of 40. Hall, despite his good looks and fine talent, only did three more films after this. Greer likewise had a very limited film career (his Queenie role perhaps seriously type casting him).

Though I never saw Sal Mineo's stage production, I heard that it was even more controversial and sensational than either of the above two versions.

And that's going some.




15 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
is this film brilliant or terrible?! tangerinemiasma-1
I know why this film's so compelling tangerinemiasma-1
Discuss Fortune and Men's Eyes (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?