Murder in the First

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In Alcatraz on a minor charge, gentle, granite-willed Henri Young (Bacon) ends in hellish solitary confinement for three punishing years that all but break his body yet leave him thirsting for revenge on the duplicitous inmate who put him away. Soon, there's a murder in the mess hall, and Young looks to be going down again for an even longer stretch. Yet when tyro lawyer Stamphill discovers the truth of his client's previous treatment, he decides to plead on the killer's behalf, thus shaking the prison service to the core. Bacon's extraordinary physical commitment powers this heartfelt, occasionally bombastic portrait of institutionalised injustice, compellingly adapted by Dan Gordon from a true story. A hyperactive camera and Chris Young's thunderous score lay on the emphasis. Slater's good as the lawyer and Oldman chilling as the razor-cropped associate warden, but it's Bacon's picture - and if he doesn't win an Oscar, there ain't no justice in the world.
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UK release:

1994

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122 mins

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Michele Oxford

This is one of the best fims I ever saw, very emotional and cutting, Kevin Bacon was Fantastic and played the best role I've ever seen. I'm no expert just joe blog public, but this will last with me as my all time favourite, Though I can't watch it too often it pulls at my heart and the injustice infuriates me through to my core.

Michele Oxford

This is one of the best fims I ever saw, very emotional and cutting, Kevin Bacon was Fantastic and played the best role I've ever seen. I'm no expert just joe blog public, but this will last with me as my all time favourite, Though I can't watch it too often it pulls at my heart and the injustice infuriates me through to my core.