Murder in the First

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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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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: 11/3/2009
  • UPC: 883929091072
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Gary Ballard Alcatraz Guard Swenson
Tony Barr Winthrop
Douglas Bennett Inmate #3
Charles Boswell Simpson
Eddie Bowz Alcatraz Guard
Eve Brenner Winthrop's Secretary
Gary Lee Davis Giant of a Man
Sheldon Feldner Man on the Street
Stefan Gierasch Warden James Humson
William Hall Man on the Street
James Keane Alcatraz Guard
Mia Kirshner Adult Rosetta Young
Danny Kovacs Man on the Street
Rob Lee Newsreel Reporter
George Maguire Inmate #1
Michael Melvin Inmate Arthur "Doc" Barker
Michael Merrins Alcatraz Guard
Stuart Nisbet Harve
Randy Pelish Alcatraz Guard Wimer
Wally Rose Shopkeeper
Kyra Sedgwick Blanche
Ben Slack Jerry Hoolihan
Neil Summers Alcatraz Guard Whitney
Stephen Tobolowsky Mr. Henkin
Tim Winters Alcatraz Guard
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
David L. Wolper Executive Producer
Mark Wolper Producer
Christopher Young Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Murder in the First - Full Screen
1. A Fugitive Surrenders [3:09]
2. The Alcatraz Rehabilitation Process (Credits) [8:10]
3. Glenn's Job [6:11]
4. Murder at Mealtime [4:31]
5. A monkey's First Case [2:47]
6. Henri's First Crime [4:20]
7. How's DiMaggio Doing? [3:16]
8. No Breaks [:49]
9. Older Than He Thought [2:15]
10. Stamphill's Deadline [1:22]
11. Three Last Years [1:54]
12. Like a Lost Cause [1:01]
13. Henri on Holiday [3:43]
14. "They Haven't Caught All the Killers" [4:51]
15. Alcatraz on Trial [3:21]
16. Cool as a Cucumber [2:19]
17. Playing Hardball [2:16]
18. "I Need a Friend" [1:54]
19. Nobody's Talking [2:26]
20. The Dungeons of Alcatraz [3:27]
21. A New Lawyer on the Case [3:25]
22. Family Matters [3:45]
23. Brother to Brother [3:04]
24. Lured Into an Ambush [1:47]
25. Henri's First Time [3:35]
26. Glenn Takes the Stand [5:10]
27. Bad Timing [2:39]
28. Could've Been Just Like You [2:31]
29. A Cold, Hard Fact About Warden Humson [5:15]
30. Not Worth Going Back There [2:12]
31. Something Worth Fighting For [3:49]
32. "I Want to Stop Being Afraid" [7:35]
33. "They're the Murderers" [2:15]
34. A Verdict and a Petition [2:00]
35. "I Won, Didn't I?" [1:24]
36. The Definition of Victory [1:22]
37. Action / Reaction [2:02]
38. Coda and End Credits [4:14]
Disc #1, Side B -- Murder in the First - Widescreen
1. A Fugitive Surrenders [3:09]
2. The Alcatraz Rehabilitation Process (Credits) [8:10]
3. Glenn's Job [6:11]
4. Murder at Mealtime [4:31]
5. A monkey's First Case [2:47]
6. Henri's First Crime [4:20]
7. How's DiMaggio Doing? [3:16]
8. No Breaks [:49]
9. Older Than He Thought [2:15]
10. Stamphill's Deadline [1:22]
11. Three Last Years [1:54]
12. Like a Lost Cause [1:01]
13. Henri on Holiday [3:43]
14. "They Haven't Caught All the Killers" [4:51]
15. Alcatraz on Trial [3:21]
16. Cool as a Cucumber [2:19]
17. Playing Hardball [2:16]
18. "I Need a Friend" [1:54]
19. Nobody's Talking [2:26]
20. The Dungeons of Alcatraz [3:27]
21. A New Lawyer on the Case [3:25]
22. Family Matters [3:45]
23. Brother to Brother [3:04]
24. Lured Into an Ambush [1:47]
25. Henri's First Time [3:35]
26. Glenn Takes the Stand [5:10]
27. Bad Timing [2:39]
28. Could've Been Just Like You [2:31]
29. A Cold, Hard Fact About Warden Humson [5:15]
30. Not Worth Going Back There [2:12]
31. Something Worth Fighting For [3:49]
32. "I Want to Stop Being Afraid" [7:35]
33. "They're the Murderers" [2:15]
34. A Verdict and a Petition [2:00]
35. "I Won, Didn't I?" [1:24]
36. The Definition of Victory [1:22]
37. Action / Reaction [2:02]
38. Coda and End Credits [4:14]
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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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