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Against the Wall (1994)

Based on the true story of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writer:

Ron Hutchinson
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle MacLachlan ... Michael Smith
Samuel L. Jackson ... Jamaal
Clarence Williams III ... Chaka
Frederic Forrest ... Weisbad
Harry Dean Stanton ... Hal
Philip Bosco ... Oswald
Tom Bower ... Ed
Anne Heche ... Sharon
Carmen Argenziano ... Mancusi
Peter Murnik ... Jess
Steve Harris ... Cecil
David Ackroyd David Ackroyd ... William Kuntsler
Mark Cabus ... Ken
Bruce Evers Bruce Evers ... Yates
Joey Anderson Joey Anderson ... Mrs. Willis
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Based on the true story of the uprising at Attica Prison in 1971. Michael Smith, a new recruit to the prison service, along with several of his colleagues get caught up in a prison riot fueled by bad prison management and a lack of understanding by the guards Written by Rob Hartill

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a graphic depiction of a prison uprising, and for some strong language. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attica See more »

Filming Locations:

Clarksville, Tennessee, USA See more »

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HBO Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed at the former Tennessee state main prison, which opened in 1898, and closed in 1992. See more »

Quotes

Chaka: Hot soup, mother fucker!
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Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

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Gripping and disturbing
19 November 2002 | by Renaldo MatlinSee all my reviews

Legendary filmmaker John Frankenheimer made an impact as perhaps televisions greatest director in the 1990's (after directing several big-screen classics earlier in his career). With "Against the Wall" he shatters all our illusions about America. The United States really is the land of opportunities, but the government has also branded it's reputation with some ugly events through the years. The Attica riot of 1971 (or should I say "the Attica massacre") certainly is one of it's ugliest moments.

This shocking dramatization shows us everything that's wrong with America in a way that almost sent me reaching for a vomit-bag in disbelief. A great job by Frankenheimer and it's actors, particularly worth mentioning: Kyle MacLachlan, Samuel L. Jackson, Frederic Forrest, Clarence Williams III, Harry Dean Stanton, a young Steve Harris (The Practice) and Danny Trejo.

This really made me yearn for some American on-screen heroism. At times like these I'm sure glad I have the Die Hard-trilogy in my DVD-collection :)


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