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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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Storyline

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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USA

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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Dolby Digital

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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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Lauren is wearing a blue dress in the car but a black dress in the house. See more »

Quotes

Lauren Thomas: You're gonna be a drug dealer?
Bradley Thomas: No. I'm gonna drive packages for a friend.
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Alternate Versions

A cut version was prepared for broadcast purposes in the UK. 44 seconds of "stronger, sadistic violence and injury detail" were removed to secure a 15 certificate. According to the BBFC, it reduces the level and detail of violence across the two climactic sequences and removes an earlier arm break. The theatrical and video releases are uncut with an 18 certificate. See more »

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Featured in Brawl in Cell Block 99: Beyond Fest Q&A (2017) See more »

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Give Her a Ride
Written by Jeff Herriott & S. Craig Zahler
Performed by Butch Tavares
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BRAWL = WTF! Give me MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
17 October 2017 | by favrefan-49700See all my reviews

Let me allay any fears this movie is lame, as stated by a couple reviewers here. Their opinions here are extremely inaccurate. With that being said....

Vince Vaughn is a shining star in this brutally violent, perfectly paced story, with a descent into a hell only his character can navigate. The movie is rare in that it's not slow, boring or overdone. Each piece is compartmentalized on purpose, to guide the audience to the climax. There isn't a big list of elite A list actors, huge musical score, tons of CGI, no. What you have here is director's genius, visualizing the journey from A-Z in a way that will captivate you. You will not want the movie to end.

I do think this is a turning point for Vaughn, as I only usually see him in romantic movies or comedies. He's truly found his spirit here and I hope it leads him to similar roles. He plays it in a way you've never seen him. Try to imagine Tom Hanks playing a man without a care. It's that hard to wrap your head around.

Don Johnson shines as a degenerate warden and the small cast of characters scattered throughout the movie play key roles in the makeup of the plot; all done to perfection.

Trust me y'all, you DON'T want to miss this one, it will have you begging more for more, guaranteed! So much face smashing destruction is actually a delight. I will not spoil a single thing, go see it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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