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Penitentiary (1979)

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A hitchhiker named Martel Gordone gets in a fight with two bikers over a prostitute, and one of the bikers is killed. Gordone is arrested and sent to prison, where he joins the prison's ... See full summary »

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Jamaa Fanaka

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wilbur 'Hi-Fi' White Wilbur 'Hi-Fi' White ... Sweet Pea
Leon Isaac Kennedy ... Martel 'Too Sweet' Gordone
Thomas M. Pollard Thomas M. Pollard ... Eugene T. Lawson (as Thommy Pollard)
Hazel Spears Hazel Spears ... Linda (as Hazel Spear)
Donovan Womack ... Jesse Amos
Floyd 'Wildcat' Chatman ... Hezzikia 'Seldom Seen' Jackson (as Floyd Chatman)
Gloria Delaney Gloria Delaney ... Peaches
Badja Djola ... 'Half Dead' Johnson
Chuck Mitchell ... Lieutenant Arnsworth
Cepheus Jaxon Cepheus Jaxon ... Poindexter
Dwaine Fobbs Dwaine Fobbs ... Lying Latney Winborn
Ernest Wilson Ernest Wilson ... Cheese
Will Richardson Will Richardson ... Magilla Gorilla
Elijah Mitchell Elijah Mitchell ... Nut #1
Tony Andrea Tony Andrea ... Mook
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Storyline

A hitchhiker named Martel Gordone gets in a fight with two bikers over a prostitute, and one of the bikers is killed. Gordone is arrested and sent to prison, where he joins the prison's boxing team in an effort to secure an early parole and to establish his dominance over the prison's toughest gang. Written by page8701

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There's only one way out, and 100 fools stand in the way! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jamaa Fanaka's Penitentiary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$287,000, 10 May 1980
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Jamaa Fanaka Production See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Floyd 'Wildcat' Chatman was a last-minute replacement for an actor who quit the day before shooting began. See more »


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I cannot give this Black-cult classic a standard review?
25 July 2007 | by kirk-lockhart-1See all my reviews

When this movie premiered in 1979 it was a sellout at our local $1 Theater in Dallas called the Texas (where Lee Harvey Oswald was caught).It played their several weeks and also at another local Hangout called the Aquarius. I am not sure why it was so popular,but I think it was because it was the Rawest,grittiest,downright Adult movie to deal with the consequences of committing a crime against others. This is a GRindHouse Original.Weak story line,but common. Poor cinematography ,but effective. Prison is not pleasant and this film was not pleasant. Ultra violent ,yet comical...? Love scenes in the Men's room are borderline Porn...I saw the premiere with my grandparents! And oh yes..men get anally raped in Prison (see Boondocks episode) This movie was so...So Baad ...that we Loved it. Ps...I have not seen this movie in 22years. So my opinion could change if I see it again...!


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