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 ...
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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
Although a lot of prison films allude to homosexuality very few actually take it as the main theme. Jean Genet's "Un Chant D'Amour" isn't just the best of them but arguably the most poetic gay movie ever made. You certainly couldn't say the same for Harvey Hart's film of John Herbert's play. I've never seen it on stage but if it was anything like this I'm glad I didn't . This is an appallingly caricatured account of men 'forced' together by circumstance with the emphasis very clearly on sex. If it were better acted it might have been tolerable but the largely unknown cast can do nothing with the mediocre material. In 1971 this might have seemed 'daring'; now it just seems crude and tasteless.
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