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Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)

Not Rated | | Action, 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
Pooja Kumar ... Denise Pawthur
Clark Johnson ... Detective Watkins
Devon Windsor ... Jill


Bradley Thomas is a hard working man. After his wife's extramarital affair 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. Written by Doc Sandoz

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Did You Know?


The pinball machine in the pool hall is Williams' 1978 machine Flash. See more »


When the prison bus backs away from Redleaf, there is no audible back-up signal. A vehicle this size would certainly be equipped with a loud beeping alarm, as required by United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. See more »


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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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 »


References Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) See more »


Buddy's Business
Written by Jeff Herriott & S. Craig Zahler
Performed by The O'Jays featuring Eddie Levert & Walter Williams
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Hardcore revenge at it's best.
1 February 2018 | by deloudelouvainSee all my reviews

I have to admit I didn't expect much of a movie with a title like Brawl in Cell Block 99. It's not the most appealing title, that's the least we can say. But it was actually a good action movie with some pretty hardcore violent scenes. Some people will find them a bit harsh to watch, but I didn't mind it at all, I even applaud it. It's gore but also funny to me. So if you read negative reviews about this movie it will come from people that can't cope with violent scenes like in this movie. The story isn't bad at all, even if it was a bit predictable. But since it is an action movie I was not expecting a difficult story. A good revenge story, nothing beats making your own justice. Vince Vaughn has the physique to play his character. His fighting scenes might be a bit slow but they fitted his character perfectly. So if you like me like hardcore revenge movies you will probably like this one as well.

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6 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »


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1.85 : 1
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