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Doing Time: Life Inside the Big House (1991)

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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12 February 1991 (USA)  »

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Great Documentary - Honest and Fair
16 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at a progressive festival and was fascinated. The filmmakers were allowed unlimited access - some scenes are graphic. And all of the people involved - the inmates and the staff - are genuinely motivated to share their perspective of Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary, PA. Most of the inmates appear to have serious mental illnesses and its obvious that the conditions at the prison are exacerbating the situation. Did I feel sorry for these men? Yes. While the warden demonstrated caring honesty with the inmates in disciplinary lock-up, it seemed obvious that the institution was underfunded and bereft of ideas. We would do well to verify whether the toilets are flushing.


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