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Against the Wall (1994)

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

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John Frankenheimer

Writer:

Ron Hutchinson
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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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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 »

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Filming Locations:

Clarksville, Tennessee, USA See more »

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HBO Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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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've got you some pants! They're just your size; big and dumb.
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Referenced in Fantasmes! Sexe, fiction et tentations (2013) See more »

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Above Average prison thriller
21 December 2001 | by Vedder13See all my reviews

Against the Wall is another one of those movies that just slipped away. Its about the true story of the take-over of Attica Prison by the in-mates in 1971 and is seen through the eyes of a novice prison warden (Kyle MacLachlan).

Although made for cable, what make this brilliant movie different from the others are the incredibly brutal prison scenes and unsettling violence (one scene has an unlucky wardens' head slammed between two iron doors) and the brutality of the film, along with the nudity, may turn off some viewers.

The acting is some of the best I've ever seen. The characters are not stereotyped and are actually quite believable. Samuel L Jackson, in particular is a highlight as a black inmate while Kyle MacLachlan is just as good as a sympathetic warden. These performances give the film a lot of depth and the bonding between these two is very powerful.

John Frankenheimer direction is incredibly good and that sets the mood for this powerful and sad movie. Check it out but be aware that this is not a happy movie. ***/****


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