The Big House
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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 ever made; it also marks one of Wallace Beery's finest performances. The story centers on a trio of vicious convicts who are trying to escape the horrible confines of the prison--conditions that only serve to harden them more.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an outsized, abstracted version of everyday life circa 1930."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Any niggling doubts about the film disappear in the last twenty minutes."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Great early prison drama from the ever-inventive George Hill."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Despite its flaws, for those who love this genre it's a must see film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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