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The Glass House (1972)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 4 February 1972
A young guard and a college professor convicted of manslaughter both start their first day in prison.

Director:

Tom Gries

Writers:

Truman Capote (story), Wyatt Cooper (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vic Morrow ... Hugo Slocum
Alan Alda ... Jonathon Paige
Clu Gulager ... Brian Courtland
Billy Dee Williams ... Lennox
Kristoffer Tabori ... Allan Campbell
Dean Jagger ... Warden Auerbach
Scott Hylands ... Ajax
Edward Michael Bell Edward Michael Bell ... Sinclair (as Edward Bell)
Roy Jenson ... Officer Brown
Alan Vint ... Bree
Luke Askew ... Bibleback
Tony Mancini Tony Mancini ... Steve Berino
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Storyline

Adapted from a story by Truman Capote ("In Cold Blood"), the world of the prison convict is open to the viewer. As the story develops, one thing becomes clear. As in the outside world, there is a "system"; and just as on the outside, there is accommodation, honesty, cynicism, violence and all the other factors that make up our society. Three new convicts act as the catalyst for the events that follow; a college teacher, convicted of accidental manslaughter; a young man, sentenced for possession of marijuana; a new guard, interested in changing the system. Inside prison, the 'establlishment' presents itself. The warden doesn't want to rock the boat of the small society within prison walls. A convict dictator controls activities among the inmates thanks to a control of the narcotics traffic. A leader of the black convicts seethes in his own world of racial tension when there is no difference between convicts and authorities. As the film follows the three newcomers, it records the grim, ... Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

To the murderers, rapists and psychopaths, he was judge, jury and executioner!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glass House See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

In an dark, ironic moment: Vic Morrow's character tells the young new prisoner that he can get just about anything in prison, except for a woman... and a helicopter. A decade later Morrow would be killed by a helicopter on the set of The Twilight Zone: The Movie. See more »

Goofs

The word 'fictitious' is misspelled as 'ficticious' during the opening disclaimer. See more »

Quotes

Lennox: That thing you did over there did sure took a lot of style. And I'm gonna tell you something: it's not gonna end there and you're gonna have to answer to some people.
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Crazy Credits

[prologue] "This motion picture was filmed entirely in a state prison. Most of the faces and voices are those of actual prisoners. The story and characters are fictitious, but the situations are real". See more »

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For rent at the local video store? It's amazing!
30 May 2005 | by stamperSee all my reviews

How many TV movies do you know of, that are for rent at the local video store? Not that many I bet ey? Well then how many do you know that are more than 30 years old? None I bet! I know of only one, and this is it! Although I must say that it cost me a pretty penny to rent this one (almost 6 euro's), I cannot say that money went to waste.

The idea of renting this film actually came from my parents who had seen this one on TV in the 70's. It had made a very deep impact on them and each time I'd watch a prison film with my dad he'd start about this one (just as he keeps saying that Le Collectionneur des cerveaux is a great film). When I finally looked it up on IMDb I was amazed that the film was written by the great Truman Capote, which then became one of the main reasons I wanted to see this film and I cannot say that I was disappointed.

The Glass House is a strong film about life in prison and still accurate and up to date more than 30 years later, since it depicts what is rotten at the core of the prison system. I do not imply that anything can done to change it, but I guess the film tells us the sad truth about human beings. What they will do for money, what they will do with power and eventually what they will do to each other.

The performances in this film are very good and since it is quite graphic for a 30 year old TV movie I can understand that it must have been quite shocking back in the day. Nowadays (after Shawshank and Animal Factory) you just are not as easily impressed anymore. I've seen worse on news channels to be honest and that in all honesty is the only part where the movie suffers from it's age. It's just not as raw, brutal and in your face as 30 years ago.

While I have to admit that the story has a pretty basic 'prison' movie plot, the direction, characters and the quality of the acting keep it interesting and exciting. Something not all movies from the 70's, hell even movies now accomplish. While this film hast lost some of it's edge to aging, I guess I have to agree with my parents and say that this is definitely a film that will stick around in your head. Maybe not the whole film but I bet that you'll remember the surprise ending. I know I will remember it, along with Vic Morrow's great performance.

7 out of 10


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