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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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Shawn Elliott replaced another actor who was originally cast as Paco. See more »

Quotes

Clark Davis: God help me...
Juan: Cause man won't do!
Clark Davis: Cause man won't do!
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Referenced in Piñero (2001) See more »

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Break It Down
Written by H.P. Denenberg and Martin Hirsch
Performed by Curtis Mayfield
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Your fear of this place stole your spirit. And this ain't no pawn shop.
1 March 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

When something feels so real, true to its life in all respects, you get let in and buried beneath its weight. "Short Eyes" is a film that takes straight reality, fills it with characters and words of full realization, and takes you down the corridor of a 1 hour, 39 minute hell. Miguel Pinero wrote a script from a world he knew well, words and people from the dark side of America. No one but a former prisoner could have reflected things so pure and so ugly. Robert M. Young as director sets the scene and understands what the story needs. He lets it happen with the freedom begged for.

I could say a lot more, I suppose, but every event hinges on those surrounding it, so to say much is perhaps having to say all. It's a flat painful experience, leaving you with the title character, played by Bruce Davison. Regardless of who you are or what your sin may be, this character is meant to be you. Watch him, feel his hurt, live his guilt, and he might just reflect a little bit of you back. This is not an easy thing.


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