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Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (1988)

Prison gangs clash in a high-tech security jail where there are no rules.

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Wenzil
Mike Bishop ...
David Yale
Chris DeRose ...
Grezner
Kevin Mackey ...
Glover
Dave Mason ...
Lilly
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Maynard
Bogdan Koca ...
Waychek
Freddo Dierck ...
Robbins
Vincent Gil ...
Ruben
M.E. Duncan ...
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Nick Seferi ...
Junkie 2
Tony Clark ...
Simone
Yilmaz Tuhan ...
Food King
Ian Mortimer ...
Jack
Mick King ...
Edwin Neal
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The inmates and guards of a modern, clean and efficient maximum security wing are slowly and increasingly brutalised until they erupt in violence. Dark and macabre, and based in truth, the story is told in a traditional dramatic style combined with telephone interviews and narration. Written by alpha sixty <alpha60@alphaville.apana.org.au>

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They come Back to haunt you.

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Nick Cave used his experience in local lock up to help write the film, he overheard another inmate say to the police guard "Come here so I can spit in your eye!!" See more »

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Maynard: Officer, come here. I wanna spit in your fucking eye!
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Featured in Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura: Manimal (2012) See more »

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Powerful, bloody and important
13 July 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The title says it all. When a person is convicted of a crime, he or she becomes, at least temporarily (and, in certain situations and locations, permanently) dead to civil society. The men we see here are mere shadows.

_Ghosts of the Civil Dead_ is as topical now as it was when first released as a study in the ways that fear of crime may be exploited to justify oppression. Only in two or three scenes is overt violence shown, yet the movie manages to maintain a sense of menace for the full duration. As repression within the prison becomes increasingly harsh and the few remnants of civilian life that the prisoners have retained are stripped away, it becomes increasingly obvious that there can be no resolution.

In the current climate of law and order rhetoric, _Ghosts of the Civil Dead_ remains a powerful reminder as to where this rhetoric may lead.


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