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Short Eyes (1977)

R | | Drama | 20 July 1979 (Norway)
A child molester sent to prison finds that criminals exact harsher justice than society.

Director:

Robert M. Young

Writer:

Miguel Pinero (play)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Davison ... Clark Davis
José Pérez José Pérez ... Juan
Nathan George ... Ice
Don Blakely ... El Raheem
Tony DiBenedetto Tony DiBenedetto ... Tony (as Tony Di Benedetto)
Shawn Elliott ... Paco
Tito Goya Tito Goya ... Cupcakes
Joseph Carberry ... Longshoe
Bob Maroff Bob Maroff ... Mr. Nett
Keith Davis Keith Davis ... Mr. Brown
Luis Guzmán ... (as Luis Guzman)
Miguel Pinero Miguel Pinero ... Go-Go
Bob O'Connell ... Mr. Allard
Mark Margolis ... Mr. Morrison
Richard Matamoros Richard Matamoros ... Gomez
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A young man who is charged with child molestation is placed in New York City's infamous Tombs prison. When the other inmates in his cell block find out what he is charged with, life becomes extremely difficult for him. Written by Anonymous

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"Jesus, help me, 'cause man won't."

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1979 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Slammer See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tito Goya, who plays Cupcakes, was arrested for a murder committed in 1978 (eight months after the film was released). He died of a liver ailment while free on bond pending trial in 1985. See more »

Quotes

Paco: Everybody wants to fuck you, Cupcakes.
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Back Against The Wall
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Curtis Mayfield
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Under-Rated Under-Appreciated Drama.
24 August 2004 | by spanishfliSee all my reviews

The performances in film version of Short Eyes are perhaps some of the best I've seen. Short Eyes, in prison slang, means child molester. The whole play revolves on a white pedophile Clark Davis interacting in a prison whose majority are Puerto Ricans and Blacks, and Davis' interaction with Juan who attempts to come to terms with Davis' need for sex with children.

There are several memorable characters such as the very young and tender Julio, known as Cupcakes by the prisoners, who is the target of unwanted homosexual attention by several, if not all, prisoners. El Raheem is a strong black man, perhaps a Black Panther, who studies the Koran all day long and acts on his feelings of anger towards white people. Longshoe Murphy is a tough young Irish. And of course Clark Davis and Juan, who are the main characters of the play.

Pinero, who plays GoGo in his the film version of his play, wrote this play while in Sing Sing prison at around 1974 for armed robbery, and first was performed by a cast of prisoners. Short Eyes had a very short success on Broadway.

The only problem of the movie is the cinematography-it is rather boring, especially in this time where special FX of Lord of the Rings is rather common. But there are two or three rather beautiful scenes, one with a prisoner posing in front of a poster. Despite the very dated lackluster cinematography, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this film.


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