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Penitentiary III (1987)

A man is framed for murder and sent to prison. He is beaten and tortured, then forced to fight the prison's worst killer, a martial-arts fighting midget called Thud.

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Serenghetti
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Roscoe
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Warden
Marie Burrell Fanaka ...
Chelsea Remington
Raymond Kessler ...
Midnight Thud Jessup (as The Haiti Kid)
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Joshua
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Hugo
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Cleopatra
Big Bull Bates ...
Simp
Big Yank ...
Rock
Bert Williams ...
Tim Shoah
Mark Kemble ...
Rufus
Jack Rader ...
Fred
Madison Campudoni ...
El Cid
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A man is framed for murder and sent to prison. He is beaten and tortured, then forced to fight the prison's worst killer, a martial-arts fighting midget called Thud.

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4 September 1987 (USA)  »

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Atsalines grothies 3  »

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Quotes

Warden: You know what your trouble is, Serenghetti? You've seen too many bad prison movies.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Zigra (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

You & I (Gimme A Minute)
(Love Theme from "Penitentiary III")
Performed by Freda Payne and Lenny Williams
Special
Performed by Yarbrough & Peoples with special guest "Dorian"
Can't Let It Go
Performed by La Rue
Bustin' Out
performed by Rodney Franklin
Do The Prep
Performed by Midnight Star
Sweeter Than Candy
Performed by The Gap Band
Cold Stupid
Performed by New Choice
No Mission's Impossible
Performed by Shawnie G.
I Know You Are
Performed by Lotti Dotti
Just A Touch
Performed by James Reese
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The Third Time Wasn't the Charm
4 February 2017 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Penitentiary III (1987)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Too Sweet (Leon Isaac Kennedy) is in the boxing ring when he goes crazy and beats the other boxer to death. He's sentenced to three years in prison and sure enough he gets there just in time to join a boxing competition put on by the warden and one of the most powerful inmates there.

The final film in Jamaa Fanaka's trilogy appears to have a bigger budget than the first two and it's certainly much more polished but at the same time there's no question that it's the weakest of the lot. Cannon produced and released this third film and it's hard to believe that you could ever say that they made the "best looking" film of a series but I think this is part of the problem.

The film just look too good for its own good. The less-than-stellar quality of the first two films made them perfect exploitation movies. This film here doesn't reach the same levels of camp and it just comes across as a rather bland "C" movie without too many memorable scenes. The highlight is a scene early on when Too Sweet must battle an almost demonic character that turns out to be a midget! This fighting scene is good and certainly the best thing about the picture.

The performances are much better this time around and as I said there's no question that this film looks a lot more professional. Sadly, the story itself is nothing original and there's really just nothing all that entertaining here. It's really too bad because the first two films are so awful that you can't help but love them. This third film just doesn't have the same charm.


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