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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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Technical Specs

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

There is a scene where the young man is asked to buy cigarettes. He finds out why and begins to argue with the other 2 cons about it. As they all 3 walk into the corridor at the the top left area of the screen, clearly the Mic is seen for about 2 seconds. The same thing happens again near the end of the film, when the guard is talking to the warden in his office. 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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How would you cope?
15 December 2005 | by keithw-5See all my reviews

I saw this film at the cinema in the UK in 1972. I remember being pretty shocked and disturbed by it. Actually, I think it helped to keep me on the straight and narrow (more or less) when I spent a year in the States some years later! There was no way that I wanted to end up in an American nick! 1972 is a long time ago and my memory is not what it was, nevertheless the film has stayed with me and I often mention it when discussing contemporary films. I would love to see it again and recommend it to anyone with a strong stomach. Scum - a British film set in a borstal, which was made round about the same time, is also with looking out for.


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