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Murder in the First
- Christian Slater

Overview - A well-shot drama about an ambitious young public defender who takes on the case of a man whose cruel treatment at Alcatraz turned him into a killer. In the process of trying the case, the two develop a bond and ultimately bring down Alcatraz once and for all.  Read more...

 
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Overview

A well-shot drama about an ambitious young public defender who takes on the case of a man whose cruel treatment at Alcatraz turned him into a killer. In the process of trying the case, the two develop a bond and ultimately bring down Alcatraz once and for all.

Cast List

Gary Oldman - British actor, SID AND NANCY/TRUE ROMANCE
Christian Slater - American actor: TRUE ROMANCE (1993)
Embeth Davidtz - Actress
Kevin Bacon - Omnipresent American actor, FOOTLOOSE, MYSTIC RIVER
David L. Wolper - American Producer/Executive
Marc Rocco - Director/Screenwriter
R. Lee Ermey - American supporting actor, FULL METAL JACKET/TOY SOLDIERS
Lee Ermey - American supporting actor, FULL METAL JACKET/TOY SOLDIERS
Ronald Lee Ermey - American supporting actor, FULL METAL JACKET/TOY SOLDIERS
Brad Dourif - American Actor
William H. Macy - Stage/Film Actor, STATE AND MAIN (2000)
W. H. Macy - Stage/Film Actor, STATE AND MAIN (2000)
Mark Frydman - Producer
Marc Frydman - Producer

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 112
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929239368
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: February 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Prison/Prisoners
True Story
Injustice
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Synopsis:
The true story of Henri Young, a 1930's convict who has been sent to prison for stealing five dollars. But when Young and others attempt to escape, they are caught. As punishment, a naked and wet Young is thrown into a dark, damp, rat-infested cell, where he is his beaten continuously. He emerges from this hellhole three years later a virtual madman -- and promptly kills the inmate who snitched about the escape attempt. Now facing a charge of murder in the first degree, Young is defended by inexperienced go-getter James Stamphill. Although the cards are stacked high against him, the lawyer makes Young plead innocent. Stamphill's plan: to put Alcatraz, and the whole prison system on trial, as both institutions have turned his client into a homicidal maniac.

Notes:
Filmed in Foto-Kem color. Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification. Produced in association with the Wolper Organisation. Additional credits: Kenneth Silverstein, David McWhirter, Shannon Wilson (assistant directors); Frank Perl (camera operator); Peter Stoltz (special effects coordinator); David Cates (music editor); David May (music co-ordinator); Mark Hollingsworth, John Hegedes, Andre Bacha, Ascher Yates, Howard Neiman (sound editors).

Reviews:
"...Bacon creates a brilliant, harrowing portrait..." - 06/01/1995 Premiere, p.117


"...It is impossible to leave MURDER IN THE FIRST without being moved....[Featuring] Kevin Bacon in a blistering performance..." - 02/09/1995 Rolling Stone, p.62-3


"...Kevin Bacon gives a career performance..." - 02/17/1995 USA Today, p.4D


"Bacon is wrenching....Genuinely moving..." -- Rating: A- - 07/14/1995 Entertainment Weekly, p.66


"...A terrific true story, a good script, [and] some potent performances....Gary Oldman makes a strong showing..." - 01/23/1995 Variety

 
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