The Big House
The Big House (1930)

Based on the true story of the terrible 1929 prison riot at Auburn, New York, Big House, with its gripping and graphic depiction of the brutality and ugliness of life in the joint is still considered among the most powerful prison dramas… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 22, 1994
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Noel Murray
The Dissolve

It's an outsized, abstracted version of everyday life circa 1930.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Any niggling doubts about the film disappear in the last twenty minutes.

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Emanuel Levy

A good early prison drama with a strong, Oscar-nominated performance of Wallace Beery as a tough murderer; Beery took over after Lon Chaney's sudden death.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Great early prison drama from the ever-inventive George Hill.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Despite its flaws, for those who love this genre it's a must see film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
an early prison break film. robert montgomery is completely overshadowed by the now forgotten actor chester morris. i'm afraid montgomery would be… More
John Ballantine
A classic jailhouse saga.