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Against the Wall (1994)

Based on the true story of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writer:

Ron Hutchinson
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle MacLachlan ... Michael Smith
Samuel L. Jackson ... Jamaal
Clarence Williams III ... Chaka
Frederic Forrest ... Weisbad
Harry Dean Stanton ... Hal
Philip Bosco ... Oswald
Tom Bower ... Ed
Anne Heche ... Sharon
Carmen Argenziano ... Mancusi
Peter Murnik ... Jess
Steve Harris ... Cecil
David Ackroyd ... William Kuntsler
Mark Cabus ... Ken
Bruce Evers Bruce Evers ... Yates
Joey Anderson Joey Anderson ... Mrs. Willis
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Storyline

Based on the true story of the uprising at Attica Prison in 1971. Michael Smith, a new recruit to the prison service, along with several of his colleagues get caught up in a prison riot fueled by bad prison management and a lack of understanding by the guards Written by Rob Hartill

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a graphic depiction of a prison uprising, and for some strong language. | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Against the Wall See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

HBO Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A TV movie for the HBO network. See more »

Quotes

Chaka: Hot soup, mother fucker!
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Connections

Referenced in Fantasmes! Sexe, fiction et tentations (2013) See more »

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A good thriller. An exemplary TV movie.
31 January 1999 | by Stu-5See all my reviews

For a TV movie, this is quite good. It's the true story of the Attaca prison break, which caused a hell of a ruckus back in the seventies and started all sorts of prison rights and liberation talk. The film is a tautly trimmed, suspenseful and well acted production with a good cast including Sam L. Jackson and Kyle MacLachlan.

A rookie prison guard at Attaca finds himself immersed in the awful treatment of the prisoners, and has a hard time reprimanding the prisoners. He's then unwittingly slung into a violent prison break, and held hostage by the prisoners.

There are some unnecessarily offensive and crude moments in the film, which are not relevant and are entirely superfluous. The violence is quite impactful, and the film deserves a high rating.

Six out of ten.


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