Convicts Four

Overview

Based on the autobiography of convicted killer John Resko played here by Ben Gazzara, this routine biographical drama looks at the crucial years between 1931 and 1949 in the convict's life. That period begins when Resko is convicted of killing a store owner and is sentenced to life in prison. After his arrival in prison Resko eventually gets involved in creating art, an activity that leads to a transformation in his character. That change became evident enough to garner the attention of the powers-that-be and by ...
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Overview

Based on the autobiography of convicted killer John Resko played here by Ben Gazzara, this routine biographical drama looks at the crucial years between 1931 and 1949 in the convict's life. That period begins when Resko is convicted of killing a store owner and is sentenced to life in prison. After his arrival in prison Resko eventually gets involved in creating art, an activity that leads to a transformation in his character. That change became evident enough to garner the attention of the powers-that-be and by 1949, Resko receives a pardon. The prison system is shown as improving between the killer's first internment and his release, which in itself might make some viewers wonder what happened then, in the years between 1949 and the present.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316127117
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 51,611

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Gazzara John Resko
Stuart Whitman Principal Keeper
Ray Walston Iggy
Vincent Price Carl Carmer
Rod Steiger Tiptoes
Broderick Crawford Warden
Dodie Stevens Resko's Sister
Jack Kruschen Resko's Father
Sammy Davis Jr. Wino
Naomi Stevens Resko's Mother
Carmen Phillips Resko's Wife
Timothy Carey Nick
Tom Gilson Lefty
Arthur Malet Storekeeper
Myron Healey Gunther
Josip Elic Barber
Jack Albertson Art Teacher
Robert Harris Commissionar
Andy Albin Con
John Kellogg 1st Guard
Adam Williams 2nd Guard
Robert Christopher 3rd Guard
Warren Kemmerling 4th Guard
John Close 6th Guard
Count Billy Varga Guard
Reggie Nalder Greer
John Dennis Cell Block Guard
Lee Krieger Stanley
Susan Silo Resko's Daughter
Technical Credits
Millard Kaufman Director, Screenwriter
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
A. Ronald Lubin Producer
Milt Olsen Special Effects
Howard Richmond Art Director
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer
George White Editor
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