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Short Eyes (1977)

R  |   |  Drama  |  20 July 1979 (Norway)
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A child molester sent to prison finds that criminals exact harsher justice than society.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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José Pérez ...
Juan
Nathan George ...
Ice
Don Blakely ...
El Raheem
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Tony (as Tony Di Benedetto)
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Paco
Tito Goya ...
Cupcakes
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Longshoe
Bob Maroff ...
Mr. Nett
Keith Davis ...
Mr. Brown
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(as Luis Guzman)
Miguel Pinero ...
Go-Go
Bob O'Connell ...
Mr. Allard
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Mr. Morrison
Richard Matamoros ...
Gomez
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A young man who is charged with child molestation is placed in New York City's infamous Tombs prison. When the other inmates in his cell block find out what he is charged with, life becomes extremely difficult for him. Written by Anonymous

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"Jesus, help me, 'cause man won't."

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20 July 1979 (Norway)  »

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Slammer  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tito Goya, who plays Cupcakes, was arrested for a murder committed in 1978 (eight months after the film was released). He died of a liver ailment while free on bond pending trial in 1985. See more »

Quotes

El Raheem: Yakoo, maker and creator of the devil! Swine merchant, your time is near at hand. Fuck with me, and your time will be now. Your presence here affects the mind of my people like a fever. You, yakoo, are the bearer of 9,999 diseases: evil, corrupt pork-chop-eating atrocities!
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Back Against The Wall
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Curtis Mayfield
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A very rough movie that is deeply moving and a must see.
12 September 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at about the time it was made, on PBS, and a crappy little table top television.

Others have described the plot and the nature of the character interactions in good, accurate detail, so I won't bother. I would only like to encourage others to get hold of this movie, any way they can, and to watch it, preferably with a friend, or even better, with a loved one. That will make the ultimate, and perhaps entirely expected tragedy easier to cope with, and will give you someone to talk with as your insights unsettle you, and as you are consistently impressed, sometimes in unexpected and startling ways, (which inevitably benefit by shared enthusiasm and discussion) by the actors, at least some of whom (i.e. Freddy Fender) have had very little or even absolutely no acting experience whatsoever. IMO there is not a single weakness in this movie and the movie itself is relentlessly realistic and unremittingly convincing.

The two most lasting impressions for me...A)I have never forgotten the details of this movie and it seems to have been burned indelibly onto my memory, so that even 35 years (approximately) after I saw it (once) I could give you a good summary of it, including the unexpected plot twists and turns, and B) Even though I heartily disliked Freddy Fender's music my opinion of him went "through the roof" as a result of his performance in this movie. IMO he's "da man."

I'm buying a copy of this movie (in DVD format this time) as soon as I submit this review.

Please do yourself a favour and watch it.

Douglas Coleman


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