Riot in Cell Block 11
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In this prison film, Neville Brand plays a "lifer" who leads his fellow prisoners in revolt. Surprisingly, they don't want to escape -- they just want better living conditions. The parallels between this fictional story and the much-later convict uprising at Attica is underlined when Brand begins manipulating the media.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Riot in Cell Block 11 is the best prison movie produced in years."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"A riveting movie."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"The film sketches in the set-up with a beautifully delineated terseness -- one-shot character introductions, a rookie guard cold-cocked, the prison corridor erupting as the cons pour out."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Siegel, with his innate sense of cinematic intensity and how to deploy violence with both visual and thematic heft, keeps the film's style relatively simple and straightforward, which allows the complexities of the situation at hand to take center-stage."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"From the details of prison life to the emotional arguments, it maintains a tangible sense of truth."
‑ , Film4
"Riot in Cell Block 11 is a hard-hitting, suspenseful prison thriller."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"One of the best of all prison pictures."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A powerful and intelligent prison film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"[Director Don] Siegel later referred to Riot In Cell Block 11 as his breakthrough film, and it's easy to see why. Shooting fast and loose, he gives the film a documentary immediacy [...]"
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"The grim business of melodrama behind prison walls, so often depicted in standard, banal fashion in films, is given both tension and dignity in Riot in Cell Block 11."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Don Siegel emerged as more than just a Hollywood journeyman director with this hard-hitting, realistic prison picture, which presents a credible account of both the riot and the conditions that caused it."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"As Dunn and Crazy Mike, the leaders of the riot, Neville Brand and Leo Gordon convincingly bleed into their roles."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"An authentic and hard-hitting prison drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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