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Short Eyes (1977)

 -  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 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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Drama

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Miguel Pinero, the author of the play upon which this film is based (and the actor who plays Go-Go), wrote the play as part of an inmate writers' workshop while incarcerated at Sing Sing Prison for armed robbery. He missed the premiere of the film because he had been arrested for armed robbery. All of the money he received for the film ($40,000) he gave away to homeless friends and former prison-mates. He reportedly lived on the street even after the film's acclaimed release, using a pay phone as an office. See more »

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Clark Davis: God help me...
Juan: Cause man won't do!
Clark Davis: Cause man won't do!
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Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

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Another Fool In Love
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Curtis Mayfield
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Educational Film
21 March 2000 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

"Short Eyes," filmed in and about the Men's House of Detention ("The Tombs") graphically documents the thoughtless conditions which existed in American prisons in our not too distant past. Without constructive programs for learning, personal growth and self improvement, physically or mentally, the inmates were left to fester with their own negative thoughts and actions. The results of such ingrowth is presented in an inactement which helps to foster social change. While the drama may be repulsive in many ways, it nevertheless informs on a topic which is extremely important. It's up to voting citizens to wield their power in bringing about proper rehabilitative opportunites for so-called criminals. With men couped up in close confines with virtually nothing to do, who wouldn't be tempted to succumb to unconstructive activities. Miguel Pinero wrote a powerful, educational play, and members of the New York cast are to be congratulated in their skillful ensemble work.


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