Riot in Cell Block 11
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 28, 1954
DVD Release Date: April 21, 2014
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TIME Magazine

Riot in Cell Block 11 is the best prison movie produced in years.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

A riveting movie.

Fernando F. Croce

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.

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Variety Staff

Riot in Cell Block 11 is a hard-hitting, suspenseful prison thriller.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One of the best of all prison pictures.

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TV Guide

A powerful and intelligent prison film.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

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.

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David Parkinson
Radio 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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

As Dunn and Crazy Mike, the leaders of the riot, Neville Brand and Leo Gordon convincingly bleed into their roles.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Some inmates in a prison facility feel mistreated and so stage a benevolent coup in the hopes of alleviating their unhappy conditions. We jump pretty much right… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Don Siegel, "Riot in Cell Block 11" is a taut and earnest social drama about a prison riot set off to demonstrate the… More
John Ballantine
Although technically a "B" picture, there is an underlying call for humanity in relation to prison life at the heart of this armed uprising. One… More