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Shakespeare Behind Bars (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | January 2005 (USA)
Twenty male inmates in a Kentucky prison form an unlikely Shakespearean acting troupe.

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Hank Rogerson
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Twenty male inmates in a Kentucky prison form an unlikely Shakespearean acting troupe.

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Moving Film
5 October 2005 | by CDubrockSee all my reviews

I saw this film in 2005 at the River's Edge Film Festival in Paducah, Kentucky. I was moved by its depth and the incredible candor of the subjects. It was at once about the Shakespeare program and about the actors, each a convicted felon. Most of the senior members of the troupe were hard-timers who had been performing in the program for years. The American public has a tendency to think of the prison population as numbers or tax liabilities or monsters. This film revealed that regardless of their past, prisoners are actually living, breathing human beings that still have real emotions and real ideas. This is not a film about prisons. This is a film about people.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shakespeare Atrás das Grades See more »

Filming Locations:

Kentucky, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,253, 12 March 2006

Gross USA:

$48,594

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,594
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Philomath Films See more »
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