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Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 6 October 2017 (USA)
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A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.


S. Craig Zahler


S. Craig Zahler
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Bradley Thomas
Jennifer Carpenter ... Lauren Thomas
Don Johnson ... Warden Tuggs
Udo Kier ... Placid Man
Marc Blucas ... Gil
Dion Mucciacito ... Eleazar
Geno Segers ... Roman
Victor Almanzar ... Pedro
Tom Guiry ... Wilson (as Thomas Guiry)
Willie C. Carpenter ... Lefty
Mustafa Shakir ... Andre
Fred Melamed ... Mr. Irving
Clark Johnson ... Detective Watkins
Devon Windsor ... Jill
Michael Medeiros ... Man with Mismatched Eyes


Bradley Thomas is a hard working man. After him and his wife's miscarriage they admit the spark isn't there anymore and decide to have a baby. After being fired from his job, he turns to his friend who hires him as a drug dealer. A trade goes bad and he ends up in prison, the only problem is that a gang has kidnapped his wife and they will do an experimental operation on the baby unless Thomas kills one of the inmates in cell block 99. Bradley will not stop at anything until his wife is safe again.

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

6 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

99. Blok See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The prosthetics used in fight scenes to show injuries were made to look like 1970's style grindhouse effects. See more »


When Bradley tears the hood from the car he tosses it across the lawn and it ends up in the street, but two minutes later a shot from inside the house shows the hood on the lawn. See more »


Bradley Thomas: Our marriage, us, we've, uh... It's like it's like when I go into the mini-mart at the gas station and get coffee. They got those three metal containers there. One's got cream, one's got milk, and the other's got that gray-lookin' skim stuff. And every time I go in there, those labels are faced away, and I have to guess which one's the real stuff, the cream. But every time, the first container I grab is always that milk or that skim stuff. It's never the one I want. The law of averages says one...
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The Letter That Won't Ever Be Sent
Written by Jeff Herriott & S. Craig Zahler
Performed by Butch Tavares
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Bone Crunching, Skull Crushing Good Time!
8 October 2017 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Bradley can rip a car apart as well as break bones with his bare hands. He has spent time in prison and is not the kind of person you want to anger. Even so, he is sorely tested. When domestic and financial pressures force Bradley back into the drug business, he manages to keep his head down for a time. He is tough, smart, cool headed, motivated and resourceful. Unfortunately, Bradley's partners in crime do not share such qualities. Behind bars again, Bradley discovers his troubles are only just beginning. His strengths have become a liability, as there are powerful people who intend to use Bradley for their own advantage.

A bone crunching, skull crushing good time! There are not just delightful twists and turns, but delicious shifts in structure and escalations of tension. There is wonderful wit, sarcasm and humor to the taunts and trash talk. For example, one of the characters in prison laments "I wish I had a bigger cell." Bradley replies, "you may want to aim a little higher with your wishes." Vince Vaughn is brilliantly cast as Bradley. Vince does so well that I am baffled as to why he has not tried such roles before. Bradley is a compelling character too, the rare tough yet good guy with the odds stacked against him. The emotional investment in the character makes the fight scenes work. Vince can't pull off a southern accent though, and shouldn't have tried. Don Johnson makes a great private prison tyrant. One of the great qualities of the film is that it reveals the sad state of our prisons, public and especially private. These maximum security, minimum freedom for-profit torture chambers are our national shame. Seen with the midnight madness crowd at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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