Against the Wall

Overview

Made for cable TV, Against the Wall represents filmmaker John Frankenheimer's return to the small screen. This in-your-face reenactment of the 1971 Attica prison riots is jam-packed with political and sociological implications. Refreshingly, none of the participants -- the prisoners, the guards, the high-profile mediators, the New York powers-that-be-are rendered in strictly good-guy or bad-guy terms by screenwriter Ron Hutchinson. Anyone old enough to have witnessed the original live TV coverage of the riot, ...
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Overview

Made for cable TV, Against the Wall represents filmmaker John Frankenheimer's return to the small screen. This in-your-face reenactment of the 1971 Attica prison riots is jam-packed with political and sociological implications. Refreshingly, none of the participants -- the prisoners, the guards, the high-profile mediators, the New York powers-that-be-are rendered in strictly good-guy or bad-guy terms by screenwriter Ron Hutchinson. Anyone old enough to have witnessed the original live TV coverage of the riot, however, will be able to discern who was truly responsible for its tragic outcome. While the 1971 TV-movie Attica was told from a journalist's point of view, Against the Wall is filtered through the eyes of idealist young prison guard Kyle MacLachlan. Director Frankenheimer who in 1962 helmed the vastly different prison picture Birdman of Alcatrazstage-manages the proceedings with his usual aplomb, though he uncharacteristically leans towards B-flick melodrama in some scenes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/2012
  • UPC: 883316500743
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Hbo Archives
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,072

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kyle MacLachlan Michael Smith
Samuel L. Jackson Jamaal
Harry Dean Stanton Hal
Clarence Williams III Chaka
Frederic Forrest Weisbad
Philip Bosco
David Ackroyd William Kuntsler
Carmen Argenziano
Tom Bower
Bruce Evers
Anne Heche Sharon
Technical Credits
John Frankenheimer Director
Gary Chang Score Composer
Ron Hutchinson Screenwriter
John R. Leonetti Cinematographer
John Leonetti Cinematographer
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