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On the Yard (1978)

R | | Drama | 27 April 1979 (USA)
In prison, one prisoner buys some smokes from another. Then he admits he can't pay for it and becomes indebted to him and the interest is rising daily.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Bright ...
Richard Hayes ...
Hector Troy ...
Richard Jamieson ...
Tom Toner ...
Warden (as Thomas Toner)
Ron Faber ...
Don Blakely ...
J.C. Quinn ...


In prison, one prisoner buys some smokes from another. Then he admits he can't pay for it and becomes indebted to him and the interest is rising daily.

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Good acting ... great actual prison location ... but something is missing ........
22 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"On the Yard" has good acting, and a great prison location. What is missing is a compelling story. The "Rockview State Correctional Facility" where this was filmed is an actual Pennsylvania prison, but even though the drama has a very realistic feel to it, the story itself is not that interesting. Everything revolves around "top con", Tom Waites, and his control of the cigarette trade within the walls. John Heard makes a habit of making enemies, bucks the system, and finds out that a carton of cigarettes can be very expensive. Meanwhile a no nonsense guard captain, Lane Smith, is trying to shut down Waites enterprise, while a totally superfluous hot air balloon escape is thrown into the mix. Not bad of it's type, but I've seen better. - MERK

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