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Short Eyes (1977)

R | | Drama | 20 July 1979 (Norway)
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
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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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$300,000 (estimated)
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Bruce Davison's monologue was done in a single take. 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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Referenced in Piñero (2001) See more »

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Back Against The Wall
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Curtis Mayfield
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A masterpiece
15 January 2004 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Maybe the best prison film ever made because its origin is people who were actually in prison, most notably its main author, Miguel Piñero. The film deals with the interrelationship between the prisoners of a cell block. That's what most of the film is, the observation of these men and their culture. The plot of the film is about a new arrival (Bruce Davison) who has been arrested as a suspect on a child molestation charge. He's never been in prison, and he's very afraid, which, of course, he should be. Short Eyes doesn't make any easy choices at all, which makes for a particularly uncomfortable movie to watch. But it also makes it one of the gutsiest and most important films ever made, and it's one of the best movies I've ever seen. It's one of only two movies that I've ever watched twice right in a row. Well, the second time was with commentary by the director (and another man, whose participation in the film I don't exactly know), because I wanted to know exactly how this film came about, and to confirm my guess that there was some kind of inside track to prison life behind the scenes. There was far more than I could have guessed; the commentary also ranks as one of the best I've ever listened to. A masterpiece.


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