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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Burrell Fanaka ...
Chelsea Remington
Raymond Kessler ...
Midnight Thud Jessup (as The Haiti Kid)
Big Bull Bates ...
Big Yank ...
Bert Williams ...
Tim Shoah
Mark Kemble ...
Jack Rader ...
Madison Campudoni ...
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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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Release Date:

4 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atsalines grothies 3  »

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You & I (Gimme A Minute)
(Love Theme from "Penitentiary III")
Performed by Freda Payne and Lenny Williams
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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a Jamaa Fanaka classic!
6 May 2005 | by (Minneapolis MN USA) – See all my reviews

After beginning in a very sort of "afro-Rocky" way, unsung berserk exploitation director, Jamaa Fanaka, return to his blaxploitation roots with this one. Tony Geary, former "General Hospital" star, returns to his roots as well, with his strangest film since he got raunchy with future "Ilsa" Dyanne Thorne, in "Blood Sabbath" (1972). Leon Isaac Kennedy returns as "Too Sweet", and ends up boxing, in prison, again. But this time he meets an eventually helpful, mystical dwarf,"The Midnight Thud", who teaches him Kung Fu when not smoking crack. Geary gets all strange as the nasty "Serengeti", and seems to be channeling Chris Walken throughout. Fanaka knocks this out of our normal dimension, but doesn't quite equal some of his other, less profitable work, like "Welcome Home Brother Charles" (aka "Soul Vengeance"), where other mystical midgets also assist the "hero".

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