MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 20,244 this week

Tattooed Tears (1979)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 69 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 1 critic

An intimate, hands on encounter with a maximum security juvenile correctional facility in Chino California.

Directors:

(as Nicholas Broomfield) ,
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 15 Dec 2010
 
a list of 87 titles
created 30 Mar 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 10 Jun 2011
 
a list of 37 titles
created 25 Nov 2011
 
a list of 19 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Tattooed Tears (1979)

Tattooed Tears (1979) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Tattooed Tears.

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Brian ...
Himself
Marcus ...
Himself
Pedro ...
Himself
Ronnie ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

An intimate, hands on encounter with a maximum security juvenile correctional facility in Chino California.

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 January 1979 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Brutal, bleak and stunning
10 August 2008 | by (Bristol, England) – See all my reviews

This is a quite remarkable piece of film-making. Nick Broomfield made this documentary in 1978 and it shows a style of documentary making that has been sadly lost in the last 30 years. There is no narration, just a handful of explanatory captions and the film-makers have almost no presence in the film. Louis Theroux (or even Kurt and Courtney) this is not.

And with material this brutal, this disturbing there is no need for any of it. What we get is a simple document of the way that prison dehumanises both guards and prisoners. Most of the young men incarcerated are there for minor offences (one is in for glue sniffing). They frequently rebel to make life difficult for the guards for no reason other than that it is their last remaining form of control over their own lives. In return, the guards act more and more brutally to control the prisoners. The prisoners react by rebelling harder and the cycle continues. Boys sentenced to 3 months stay in for three years or more as time gets added to their sentences.

The last image of the film is one of the most bleak and unforgettable I've ever seen on screen.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Trying to Find A Copy goodyukuk
Discuss Tattooed Tears (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page