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Doin' Time (1985)

Duke Jarrett is sent to jail at the John Dillinger prison. However, the prison looks more like a zoo, more or less ruled by the prisoners themselves.

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George Mendeluk

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Franelle Silver (story), Ron Zwang (story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Muhammad Ali ... Himself (special appearance)
Jeff Altman ... Duke Jarrett
Henry Bal Henry Bal ... Guard Kowinski
Gene Bell Gene Bell ... Vaudevillan
Big Yank Big Yank ... Bubba Feldstein
Simmy Bow Simmy Bow ... Snake Eyes
Drew Bundini Brown Drew Bundini Brown ... Himself (special appearance)
David Lee Bynum David Lee Bynum ... Prisoner
Colleen Camp ... Nancy Catlett
Max Carl Max Carl ... Vocalist
Melanie Chartoff ... Linda Libel
Robert Clotworthy ... Attorney
Dee Cooper ... Truck Driver
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Bernie Feldstein
Robert Czakel Robert Czakel ... Duke's Trainer
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Duke Jarrett is sent to jail at the John Dillinger prison. However, the prison looks more like a zoo, more or less ruled by the prisoners themselves. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

The mad team who gave you Police Academy 1 and 2 have struck again! Now, see how crazy it is on the inside of the only prison in the world where you break out. Laughing! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big House See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmcorp,The Ladd Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The map on the wall in Mongo Mitchell's office is a Thomas Brothers map of Orange County, California. See more »

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Spoofs Jailhouse Rock (1957) See more »

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85 comedy misfire
5 December 2012 | by PeterMitchell-506-564364See all my reviews

In 85, we had Night Patrol, Moving Violations, and this. All I can say is thank god we have Jeff Altman, the film's only saving grace. Altman is a door to door salesman, caught in the wrong house in the wrong bed with the wrong woman who screams rape. This hot middle aged philly at first lures Altman to the bedroom, so you can probably imagine, just how angry he feels when he ends up in the clink, amongst some well known faces, like John Vernon and JJ from good times, amidst other comedy stars of this 8O's type. The philly gets her just desserts later in a funny scene. You'll get the pun when you see it. In this insane prison, run by an evil warden, Mulligan, it actually turns out to be a real fun environment, where eggs are cooked on electric chairs, rock bands perform and the prisoners have their own t.v. station. Jeff Altman adds his own funny parts too, his full body inspection farting scene is good. But Doin' Time is a pretty weak comedy, and runs third place to the other comedies. A lot of intentional funny moments fall flat on their face. I like the prison band, the lead singer singing I'm all f..ked up instead of shook up, raised a few laughs, where there's a far and a few between. Also Judy Landers flashing her two prized assets in front of Mulligan, in his office, getting him so hot, he has to make a few runs to the bathroom is another funny scene. But this film is just a weak effort. I watched this film a few times, in most cases, never really getting to the end of it, which I found a hard process. Take my advice. See the other two films mentioned above, before seeing this one. You may have a difference of opinion, but I would be talking about a very small majority here. May'be we should have the film's director do some time, in a non fun environment.


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