A semi-fictionalized version of John Resko's incarceration is presented. John is on death row at Sing Sing for murder. In December 1930, he killed a toy store shopkeeper over a teddy bear ...
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Peter Mark Richman
A semi-fictionalized version of John Resko's incarceration is presented. John is on death row at Sing Sing for murder. In December 1930, he killed a toy store shopkeeper over a teddy bear he wanted to get as a Christmas present for his two year old daughter, Cathy, but for which he could not pay. Twenty minutes before John's scheduled execution, he is given a reprieve, his sentence commuted to life, and he transferred to Dannemora. He initially has a difficult time adjusting to life at Dannemora, from the uncaring direction of the prison administration including they not dealing with the issue of bed bugs, to altercations with fellow prisoners who seem to want their two pounds of literal and figurative flesh from John, to news that he receives from the outside about goings-on within his family. However, he does eventually befriend many of his fellow prisoners, especially Nick, Iggy and Wino. John dreams of escaping from Dannemora, so that he can be at least an economically generating ...Written by
Although the story is supposedly taking place between 1931 and 1949, all the men's and women's hairstyles, clothing (such as warden Broderick Crawford's dacron polyester suit, in an early 1930's sequence), and manner of speech is strictly 1962, as is also the musical score. See more »
The movie obviously has some merit in its acting, its filming, and its points about the justice system. But I found it unwatchable, at least this day. One after another, situations felt very forced to produce an effect. I wasn't able to get much of the effect because I was too busy cringing at how ham-handed various bits were. (For example: the robbery, the initial conflict with the first cell-mate, the initial conflict with the second cell-mate,...)
Some stuff *did* work potently for me, like the problem with Gazzara's bed.
About forty minutes in, when (as others mentioned) Timothy Carey is dubbed in his character's first scene, I guess it was just one 'fakeyness' straw too many and I turned off the TV. Either let him talk through his teeth, or don't let him talk through his teeth.
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