Best Prison Film.

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  1. Having recently re-watched Papillon and Scum I got to thinking what's the best film about prisons/prisoners or with prison/prisoner scenes in it. For me it's:

    The Great Escape (1963) Directed by John Sturges
    Papillon (1973) Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Directed by Miloš Forman
    Midnight Express (1978) Directed by Oliver Stone
    Scum (1979) Directed by Alan Clarke
    The Green Mile (1999) Directed by Frank Darabont


  2. Quite obviously though its The Shawshank Redemption, imho
  3. Even allowing for it's patent political statement, 'The Birdman of Alcatraz' was a winner in it's generation.

    Eastwood's 'Escape From Alcatraz' was passable enough.
  4. Definately Shawshank.

    Papillion is not a scratch on the book.
  5. Shawshank is the best, can be seen over and over.

    Also like Stallone's prison film with Sutherland as the warden. (Lockup?)
  6. Would have thought The Hill must be up there
  7. Dittto, to shawshank, watched it again last night.

  8. Just recalled, William Holden in the movie 'Stalag Luft 13' That had a good storeyline for it's time and was original in showing that the inmates were ruthless to each other,not following the usual all mates together formula.

    James Clavell's 'King Rat' both book and film.
  9. Porridge!
  10. Agreed. Nor was One Flew Over ... The book was written by Ken Kesey in 1962 after he had not only worked in a mental institue but undergone electrotherapy treatment and treatment using LSD. The book is actually written through the eyes of the schizophrenic indian Chief Bromden and in parts is as mad as a barking hatstand.

  11. A good call. That's the winner for sure :D
  12. Just finished re-reading it :D
  13. how about "cool hand luke"
  14. There is always The Rock - absolute quality
  15. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Brubaker - IIRC Robert Redford is the new governor but goes in as an inmate to see what it's really like

    Just found this on t'interweb
    The film is based on the 1969 book Accomplices To The Crime: The Arkansas Prison Scandal by Tom Murton and Joe Hyams. Murton was a warden at the Tucker and Cummins Prison in Arkansas. The abuses detailed in the film and the discovery of unmarked graves are based on fact.

    Murton served as technical advisor to the film.

    Filmed in Bremen, Ohio and The Junction City Prison Farm in Junction City, Ohio. With additional scenes filmed at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio.