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Fortune and Men's Eyes (1971)

 -  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 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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Very Graphic and Daring for its Time
25 December 2002 | by (Bethesda, MD) – See all my reviews

Theme of homosexuality and rape in prison was very daring for its time (1971). You could feel the pain of the lead character as he succumbs to the brutal advances of his cellmate, while longing for his girlfriend.

I saw the movie when it first came out, and I still remember the line uttered by a prisoner as he observes a gang rape- "Nobody's going to stop a man from getting his oats." It's one of my all-time favorite quotes from films.


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