Video Release: November 3, 2009
Studio: Warner Home Video
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.
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.
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).