Murder in the First

Overview

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 favor with Warden Glenn Gary Oldman, he informed on the others. Young was soon brought back to custody, and was to be punished by spending 19 days in solitary confinement. Nineteen days stretched into three years, in which Young was kept in a pit with no light, no toilet, no ...
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Overview

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 favor with Warden Glenn Gary Oldman, he informed on the others. Young was soon brought back to custody, and was to be punished by spending 19 days in solitary confinement. Nineteen days stretched into three years, in which Young was kept in a pit with no light, no toilet, no furniture, and nothing to read. Young emerged from solitary a vengeful madman, and he quickly murdered the convict who turned him in. Young was put on trial for the killing, and assigned a first-time public defender, James Stamphill Christian Slater. Stamphill was horrified by Young's tales of the conditions at Alcatraz, and he used them as the basis of his defense for his client, believing that anyone would be driven to madness and murder if they had been treated the same way as Young. Murder in the First also features Embeth Davidtz, William H. Macy, Brad Dourif, and R. Lee Ermey.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • UPC: 883929239368
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 15,060

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Slater James Stamphill
Kevin Bacon Henri Young
Gary Oldman Associate Warden Glenn
Embeth Davidtz Mary McCasslin
William H. Macy William McNeil
Brad Dourif Byron Stamphill
R. Lee Ermey Judge Clawson
Stephen Tobolowsky Mr. Henkin
Stefan Gierasch Warden James Humson
Mia Kirshner Adult Rosetta Young
Ben Slack Jerry Hoolihan
Kyra Sedgwick Blanche
Charles Boswell Simpson
Michael Melvin Inmate Arthur "Doc" Barker
George Maguire Inmate #1
Douglas Bennett Inmate #3
Tony Barr Winthrop
Stuart Nisbet Harve
Gary Ballard Alcatraz Guard Swenson
Randy Pelish Alcatraz Guard Wimer
Neil Summers Alcatraz Guard Whitney
Eddie Bowz Alcatraz Guard
Tim Winters Alcatraz Guard
James Keane Alcatraz Guard
Michael Merrins Alcatraz Guard
Rob Lee Newsreel Reporter
Sheldon Feldner Man on the Street
Danny Kovacs Man on the Street
William Hall Man on the Street
Wally Rose Shopkeeper
Eve Brenner Winthrop's Secretary
Gary Lee Davis Giant of a Man
Technical Credits
Marc Rocco Director, Executive Producer
Marc Frydman Producer
Dan Gordon Screenwriter
Greg Grande Set Decoration/Design
Deborah Lee Co-producer
Russell Livingstone Editor
Kevin McCarthy Special Effects
Philip McKeon Associate Producer
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Kirk M. Petruccelli Production Designer
Michael Rizzo Art Director
Lisa Rocco Makeup
Mary Jo Slater Casting
Sylvia Vega-Vasquez Costumes/Costume Designer
Ed White Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Wolper Producer
David L. Wolper Executive Producer
Christopher Young Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Acting like I've never seen before!

    There is no other actor who could have possibly done this exremely dramatic role the way Kevin Bacon did!! How did he not get the Academy Award for this one??!! He was so believable and so real, it just pulled on my heart. I rented and rented this movie until I just had to own it in my collection. Unbelievable!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Powerful movie.

    I don't know how Kevin Bacon didn't get an Oscar for his powerhouse performance in this film. He is so underrated that it's a shame. Christian Slater is also very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding !!

    I don't know how Kevin Bacon didn't get nominated for an Oscar for Murder in the First. I have never seen him better. Christian is also excellent. More attention should have been paid to this movie.

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