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Survivors Guide To Prison (2018)

Survivors Guide to Prison (original title)
TV-MA | | Documentary | 23 February 2018 (USA)
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Today, you're more likely to go to prison in the United States than anywhere else in the world. So in the unfortunate case it should happen to you - this is the Survivors Guide to Prison.


Matthew Cooke


Matthew Cooke





Credited cast:
Patricia Arquette ... Self
Susan Sarandon ... Narrator
Danny Trejo ... Self
Jesse Williams ... Self
Danny Glover ... Self
Cynthia Nixon ... Self
Ice-T ... Self
RZA ... Self
Quincy Jones ... Self
Tom Morello ... Self
Busta Rhymes ... Self
Russell Simmons ... Self
Macklemore ... Self
Q-Tip ... Self
Matthew Cooke ... Self


Following the stories of Bruce Lisker and Reggie Cole who spent year after year in prison for murders they didn't commit - audiences get a harrowing look at how barbaric the US justice system is. The film ultimately asks how we can survive the prison model at all, and looks at better solutions for conflict resolution, harm reduction, crime and more. Hosted by filmmaker Matthew Cooke and guest hosting representatives from the massive range of Americans joining forces to change this broken system. Written by anonymous

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Political Piece Hiding as an Exploitation Picture
28 September 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Survivor's Guide to Prison (2018)

* (out of 4)

Danny Trejo partially narrates this documentary that, from the various covers out there, appears to have the former prison inmate telling you how to survive prison. Seems like an exploitation movie, huh? Well, to be honest this here is a Left-wing propaganda piece that has countless celebrities reading from cue cards and explaining why the prison system is evil.

Look, there's no question that there are issues in our legal and justice system and I'm sure a large political debate could break out about this documentary but to be fair it would be rather pointless simply because this thing is so poorly made. I mean, while watching this film I really forgot I was watching a movie because it had the professionalism and quality of something below an infomercial that you'd see at four in the morning.

There are countless problems with this movie but the biggest is the fact that you've got a lot of celebrities on hand and they're obviously reading from cue cards and you really can't help but somewhat laugh at this. It's clear that the famous folks just read their lines and then it was edited together to try and bring more style to the picture. This certainly doesn't work and the various techniques that are used here just come across cheap and they don't pack any sort of punch.

Again, you could get into a political debate about the various things that are said here. This is a very "Left" documentary as it's clear that these famous people want not only justice for innocent people but they also want rapists and murderers to have a good time while in prison. They want them to be educated, have great health care and of course not be used to various jobs. I wonder why they don't invite them to stay at their own homes?

Patricia Arquette, Susan Sarandon, Quincy Jones, Danny Glover, Ice T, Warren G, Q-Tip, Chuck D, Busta Rhymes, Tom Morello and Russell Simmons are just a few of the famous people who are on hand to read the cue cards and attack the police, the judges and the various prisons yet they offer up very little advice on what we could do differently outside of one certain experiment that wouldn't possibly be logical considering how many people are locked up for violent crimes in this country.

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23 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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$8,982, 25 February 2018

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