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Attica (1980)

The behind the scenes of the 1971 prisoners revolt at the Attica prison.

Director:

Marvin J. Chomsky

Writers:

James S. Henerson, Tom Wicker (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Darrow ... Herman Badillo
Charles Durning ... Commissioner Russell Oswald
Joel Fabiani ... Senator Gordon Conners
Morgan Freeman ... Hap Richards
George Grizzard ... Tom Wicker
David Harris ... T. J.
Roger E. Mosley ... Frank Green
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Superintendant Vince Mancusi
Glynn Turman ... Raymond Franklin
Anthony Zerbe ... William Kunstler
Andrew Duncan ... Lieutenant John Driscoll
William Flatley William Flatley ... Carl Dudley
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... Leon Clay
Noble Lee Lester Noble Lee Lester ... Bobby Seale
Paul Lieber ... Art Silver
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A TV-movie re-creation of the tragic events which followed the Attica Correctional Facility rebellion of September 9, 1971. Inmates demanding better food and living conditions took 38 guards as hostage. Negotiations begin immediately, only to continually break down thanks to uncompromising stubbornness on both sides. Four days into the crisis, the rebellion ends in a bloodbath, with state troopers firing on the prisoners, killing several of the guards in the process. Based on the eyewitness reporting of the New York Times' Tom Wicker, who was one of the civilian negotiators during the stalemate. Written by Ørnås

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The True Story of the agony at Attica Prison! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attica - Revolte hinter Gittern See more »

Filming Locations:

Lima, Ohio, USA

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ABC Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Intense
1 August 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

ATTICA, a made-for-TV film released in 1980, is an intense re-telling of the true story of the Attica prison riot in 1971 which led to a number of inmates being gunned down in cold blood by the authorities. This devastating incident is an almost legendary part of American history - I knew about it from watching DOG DAY AFTERNOON - so I was eager to see how the material was handled.

It turns out that this is a very well made production that sticks to the facts of the case without sensationalising them. The story is stark, complex, and deeply human, and the casting director deserves particular kudos for assembling a team of greats. On the one hand we have the likes of Charles Durning and Henry Darrow as the guys at the top trying to sort things out and then we get Morgan Freeman and David Harris as the empowered convicts trying to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

This is a thoughtful exploration of a hot topic and really an actor's dream, because many of the dialogue scenes are powerfully put across. ATTICA might well be the definitive retelling of an unforgettable true story.


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