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Penitentiary II (1982)

R | | Drama | 2 April 1982 (USA)
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An ex-con, on parole and trying to straighten his life out, decides to resume his boxing career when one of his prison enemies escapes and kills his girlfriend.


Jamaa Fanaka


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Isaac Kennedy ... Too Sweet Gordone
Glynn Turman ... Charles Johnson
Ernie Hudson ... Half Dead
Mr. T ... Mr. T
Peggy Blow ... Ellen Johnson
Sephton Moody Sephton Moody ... Charles Johnson Jr.
Donovan Womack ... Jesse 'The Bull' Amos
Malik Carter Malik Carter ... Seldom Seems
Stan Kamber Stan Kamber ... Sam Cunningham
Cepheus Jaxon Cepheus Jaxon ... Do Dirty
Marvin Jones Marvin Jones ... Simp
Ebony Wright ... Sugar
Eugenia Wright Eugenia Wright ... Clarisse
Renn Woods ... Nikki (as Ren Woods)
Lyrica Garrett Lyrica Garrett ... Evelyn (as Marci Thomas)


An ex-con, on parole and trying to straighten his life out, decides to resume his boxing career when one of his prison enemies escapes and kills his girlfriend.

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He's Too Fast, Two Fisted ... "Too Sweet"!




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Release Date:

2 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agonas epiviosis See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$662,896, 4 April 1982, Limited Release

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1.85 : 1
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Ugly sequel to a Cult Classic...
30 January 2017 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

This sequel to the amazing 1979 prison drama "Penitentiary," is so unbelievably bad, that it damages the integrity of the original. "Penitentiary 2" has none of what made the first movie so good. Character development has been replaced with cartoon caricatures, smart humor has been replaced with toilet jokes, and any serious dramatic elements have been completely removed. Even the title is ridiculous; "Penitentiary 2" makes no sense because this is not even a prison film! It's just a cash-in on a very successful cult classic, that was loved both by audiences and critics.

This movie has Martel "Too Sweet" Gordone out of prison, and back on the streets. His parole requires him to continue boxing, as well as to stay out of trouble. That's not happening if "Half Dead" has anything to do with it. Too Sweet's nemesis from the first film has broken out of prison, and is on a mission to kill Too Sweet at any cost. Unfortunately, the characters that were so likable in the first film, are the opposite here. The original actor who played "Half Dead,", Badja Djola, had moved onto bigger productions, and smartly decided to stay far away from this mess. Actor Ernie Hudson takes on the role, and he plays the character as a one dimensional bad guy and it's boring. There isn't even an attempt at continuity with the writing; director Jamaa Fanaka replaces the likable, unforgettable character of "Seldom Seen" with a different actor, who portrays him as a gold chain-wearing jerk, who is only concerned with getting pussy. Any fan of the first film knows that character as a refined old guy, who listened to jazz and had a collection of classic literature in his prison cell..and that he had NO interest in the shallow, base vices of the outside world. In this way, P2 actually insults the first film. Aesthetically speaking, the difference is also extreme. While the first film had a nice, 70's vintage, independent movie style, this one looks like a cheap, tacky 80's nightmare. It's really amazing how different things looked in 1982, from just 3 years earlier. I think one problem comes from both the director, and Leon Isaac Kennedy, having become a bit jaded from their success. The innocence and humble, down to earth feel of the first movie has been replaced with an obnoxious, pessimistic energy. I love "Penitentiary" and think of it as one of the best prison movies of all time. That is why I hate this sequel. It is an insult to something great..

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