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Against the Wall (1994)

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

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

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... Michael Smith
... Jamaal
... Chaka
... Weisbad
... Hal
... Oswald
... Ed
... Sharon
... Mancusi
... Jess
... Cecil
David Ackroyd ... William Kuntsler
... Ken
Bruce Evers ... Yates
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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Rated R for a graphic depiction of a prison uprising, and for some strong language. | See all certifications »

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26 March 1994 (USA)  »

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Cecil: We've got you some pants! They're just your size; big and dumb.
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Gripping and disturbing
19 November 2002 | by See 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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