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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.

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S. Craig Zahler

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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 Willie C. Carpenter ... Lefty
Mustafa Shakir ... Andre
Fred Melamed ... Mr. Irving
Clark Johnson ... Detective Watkins
Devon Windsor ... Jill
Michael Medeiros ... Man with Mismatched Eyes
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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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Language:

English

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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1.85 : 1
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Could have taken inspiration from "The Divine Comedy" (Dante's Inferno). Bradley Thomas (Vince Vaughn) has to get himself to the area of the prison with the highest security in Cell Block 99 by fighting other inmates and guards, which guarantees he'll never get out of prison. He does this to save his wife, which can be compared to Dante's journey in the ninth circle of hell to save his wife. See more »

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When Bradley picks up his pregnant wife her dress is hanging free, but when he walks her up the stairs the dress is tucked under his arm. See more »

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Warden Tuggs: I suspect that Amnesty International would frown upon the contents of this room. Cell Block 99 is the prison within the prison. You will stay down here until you're sorted out. Or carried out.
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German version was cut by approx. 80 seconds to secure a "Not under 18" rating. See more »


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You Are Yesterday
Written by Jeff Herriott & S. Craig Zahler
Performed by Butch Tavares
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Overrated...but maybe I'm missing the point
18 October 2017 | by mittens-and-matchesSee all my reviews

I saw a lot of critics referring to this movie as in the classic grindhouse style. Its a term I'm not really familiar with so I looked it up. Urban dictionary says it refers to a movie that "sacrifices the traditional film-making concepts such as good acting, character development, production values, creative directing and an understandable plot outline in favor for sex, gore, nudity, violence and other shocking themes."

Maybe if I grew up watching a lot of B movies in this style there would be some nostalgic appreciation I would have. However, I didn't, and I typically like movies with good acting, character development, production value, and understandable plot outlines. Sacrificing all that for some sweet action and nudity? Cool. I do enjoy indulging in well made action movies, like the Bourne trilogy, but the action/gore in this one wasn't very exciting for me either. As someone with some experience in martial arts and boxing I found the fight scenes ridiculous. Maybe the fight scenes were intentionally ridiculous but I much prefer realistic fight scenes. Overall, not my cup of tea.

That being said I really enjoyed the opening 10 minutes of the film. The scene when he comes home after work is great.


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