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Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him ... See full summary »

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Elizabeth Wyatt
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Esther Lesser
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R.G. Greiser
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Warden Quince
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Old Henry Lesser
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Dr. Karl Menninger
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Harry Sinclair (as Michael Jeffery Woods)
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Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him to write his life story. Lesser learns that Panzram's past is much more violent than he thought, but also that he's capable of being a much better person than the rest of the prison staff believes - or so Lesser thinks. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Liar. Thief. Murderer. He hated all of humanity, himself most of all.


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Rated R for strong language and strong, brutal violence, including a rape | See all certifications »
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6 September 1996 (USA)  »

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$31,993 (USA) (6 September 1996)

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$65,682 (USA) (13 September 1996)
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The film is dedicated to Sam Peckinpah because The Wild Bunch (1969) inspired director 'Metcalfe, Tim' to become a director. See more »

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The amount of beer in Henry Lesser's glass at the speakeasy. See more »

Quotes

Carl Panzram: Naturally, I now love Jesus very much. Yes, I love him so damn much that I would like to crucify him all over again!
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Referenced in Tomorrow by Midnight (2001) See more »

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BLUEBIRDS
Music by Bill Elliott
Performed by Bill Elliott & His Orchestra
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.
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Excellent commentary on American prison system
31 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie seems more relevant today than ever. Prison conditions may have improved since the early part of the century, but prison populations are increasing exponentially and there seems to be no end in sight. Does punishment really prevent crime? Can harden criminals be rehabilitated? Is society to blame? Whatever your opinion, this is a short but must-see film.


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