Cully Briston is serving a 5 year sentence in an Arizona prison. He's not getting along well with the Sergeant of the guards who, on finding a bottle of moonshine near Cully, sends him to the isolation block. Arriving there Cully discovers that inmates have taken over the block and have taken the guards as hostages to demand better living conditions. Inmate Red Fraker, leader of the revolt, has a secret plan to escape with a few other inmates and asks Cully to join them. Red explains there's an old tunnel under the prison auditorium of which prison staff is unaware. Cully plans to brew moonshine to get the other inmates drunk while the select few escape.
Freedom ... by any means necessary.
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Did You Know?
There's a Dirty Dozen reunion in this movie. As well as starring as 2 convicts in Riot, Jim Brown and Ben Carruthers both starred as 2 of the 12 military convicts sent to Nazi occupied France on a suicide mission in The Dirty Dozen. They became friends on set, with the cast also regularly socialising together off set. See more
An edited, "PG" rated version was released to theaters in 1970. Video version is the complete "R" rated version. See more
Words and Music by Johnny Lee Wills
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