The behind the scenes of the 1971 prisoners revolt at the Attica prison.

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Herman Badillo
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Commissioner Russell Oswald
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Senator Gordon Conners
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Hap Richards
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Tom Wicker
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T. J.
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Frank Green
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Superintendant Vince Mancusi
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Raymond Franklin
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Lieutenant John Driscoll
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Carl Dudley
Ron Foster ...
Leon Clay
Noble Lee Lester ...
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Art Silver
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A TV-movie re-creation of the tragic events which followed the Attica Correctional Facility rebellion of September 9, 1971. Inmates demanding better food and living conditions took 38 guards as hostage. Negotiations begin immediately, only to continually break down thanks to uncompromising stubbornness on both sides. Four days into the crisis, the rebellion ends in a bloodbath, with state troopers firing on the prisoners, killing several of the guards in the process. Based on the eyewitness reporting of the New York Times' Tom Wicker, who was one of the civilian negotiators during the stalemate. Written by Ørnås

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The motion picture based on Tom Wicker's eye-witness account. See more »

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2 March 1980 (USA)  »

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Attica - Revolte hinter Gittern  »

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One of the main characters of this film is played by Charles Durning, who in Dog Day Afternoon (1975) hears a rant from Al Pacino about the Attica incident. See more »

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Well done docudrama
14 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not knowing much more about the Attica Prison Riots than hearing about it through "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Saturday Night Fever", but familiar enough that it was a dark period of history, I chose to start my study of the riots by watching this film. Regardless of whether that method of research was the smartest, I watched "Attica" with an open mind and the realization that TV movies tend to overdramatize and take liberties with historical-based subjects. However, I found little of this in "Attica". The movie seems to take a bold, straight-forward look at the events without muddying it with personal relationships, unnecessary side stories or drawn-out dialogue. There is a sympathy, a compassion and an understanding of both sides of the story for both the prisoners and the negotiators. It swiftly moves from one important scene to the next, addressing the pivotal points that occurred throughout those four days, climaxing on the unavoidably prolonged massacre at the film's conclusion. As a whole, I thought this was a well made, well directed, and a well acted movie, and hope that it has been faithful to the facts.


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