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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Bishop ...
David Yale
Chris DeRose ...
Kevin Mackey ...
Dave Mason ...
Bogdan Koca ...
Freddo Dierck ...
Vincent Gil ...
M.E. Duncan ...
Junkie 1
Nick Seferi ...
Junkie 2
Tony Clark ...
Yilmaz Tuhan ...
Food King
Ian Mortimer ...
Mick King ...
Edwin Neal


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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1 June 1989 (Australia)  »

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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 »


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 »


Performed by Alan Parker
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Not for the faint hearted. A challenging film worth seeing.
6 February 2000 | by (Tuross Head, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is definitely not for the faint hearted. Its subject matter is violent and brutal; the characters are bizarre; the film is graphic in its images, and pacing. At first sight this may appear just another film about violence in a prison. This, I suggest, is an illusion. Rather, the film helps us better understand the role that prisons serve in society. "Ghosts... of the Civil Dead" does not seem to be well known. I recommend it to those seeking thought-provoking movies : but be prepared for a real walk on the wild side!

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