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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 ... William Kuntsler
Mark Cabus ... Ken
Bruce Evers Bruce Evers ... Yates
Joey Anderson Joey Anderson ... Mrs. Willis
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Storyline

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:

Against the Wall See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

HBO Films See more »
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Runtime:

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

Cecil: We even gonna free white boys today!
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Connections

Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

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A serious prison film
30 March 2002 | by encyclpediaSee all my reviews

It's hard to always understand what prison is like, and Attica depicted an old one, but it was still prison, and it was gripping. This was a good movie. The character played by Kyle Maclachlan was a wimpy one, but yet, a way for us to see things through an innocent standpoint. This was a movie about a prison that was not contained to the proper ordinance and showed what could happen if it wasn't. In that result, it played out to be a movie that can keep you at *awe* and utter despair for the prison gaurds. The role played by Samuel L. Jacson was a good one as well. He is always been such a good actor and to me, he shined in this one, to a point. Those were the good things about it, and my only gripes were seeing naked inmates, Mike Smiths' feistiness, and the totally annoying head gaurd. I forget his name, and I don't much want to know anyways. Aside of those little pests, I enjoyed the film to it's fullest. Frankenheimer did a good job directing this one. This was my rating: 8/10


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