Murder in the First
Murder in the First (1994)

This shocking prison drama was inspired by a true story. In 1938, Henri Young (Kevin Bacon), sentenced to Alcatraz for stealing $5, attempted to escape from prison with three other prisoners. One of the escapees was captured, and to curry… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1994
DVD Release Date: June 22, 1999
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The figures are right, the investment looks good, but the emotional pay-off is minimal.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A reasonably exhilarating hybrid of prison movie and courtroom drama.

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Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media

Moving story of justice but too intense for kids.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

More than likely you will forgive the compromises -- the story of Henri Young needed to be told.

James Berardinelli

Regardless of how this version raises the hackles of Alcatraz aficionados, Marc Rocco's movie is a solid and affecting example of film making.

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Brandon Judell

A must see for Kevin Bacon's performance, especially in the early scenes.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Woefully over-manipulative and over-the-top.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Though based on a true story, this grueling drama is peopled by characters that have been fictionalized into big house cliches.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

It is Bacon's absolutely powerhouse performance that helps make 'Murder' one of the classic prison pictures of all time. (published 1-27-95)

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A young convict imprisoned in Alcatraz murders a fellow inmate after spending three years being brutally beaten in solitary confinement. Murder in The First is… More
Wahida K
Outstanding! Trivia: The producers wanted authenticity so Bacon, Slater and Oldman spent some of their free time locked in jail cells while the movie was being… More
Melvin White
James Stamphill: Unlike many men who lived long after, Henry Young did not die in vain. In the end he was not afraid. He lived and he died in triumph. If only… More
Curtis Lilly
Great cast. Not sure how much of this movie is 'acurate', it almost sounds like in real life it was just some lame way to keep a guy from dying, but… More
Aj V
I thought this was just another boring prison drama, but it is based on a true story, which makes it slightly more interesting. If you like prison dramas,… More
Tom Ericksen
This is a bit on the graphic side, and It has a bittersweet ending -- Kevin's character gave his life to fix the broken prison system -- Christian Slater… More