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Old September 30 2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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Prison movies?

Hi all, I've been re-watching Con Air a lot recently. I think I've enjoyed it because it really makes me appreciate being a free man and being able to do the small things that I take for granted. I also enjoyed watching John Malkovich's character. I'm not sure if I like John Malkovich as an actor or if I just liked his character in this movie. His character seemed very logical and I liked that.

Are there any other high quality prison movies that share some traits to Con Air that people could recommend?

Thank you!
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Old September 30 2013, 12:06 PM   #2
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Re: Prison movies?

The Longest Yard/The Mean Machine from the 1970s with Burt Reynolds (It's been remade as The Longest Yard in the US with Adam Sandler and Burt in a cameo role and as TMM in the UK with Vinnie Jones).

Lockup with Sylvester Stallone

If you fancy a longer investment, try season one of Prison Break, the tv show from the mid/late 00s.

If you want something more thoughtful than Con Air and the like, the ultimate prison movie is the Shawshank Redemption. The Birdman of Alcatraz is also a must-see. Ditto Escape from Alcatraz (Clint Eastwood), Cool Hand Luke (Paul Newman) and the under-rated comedy life with Eddie Murphy.
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Old September 30 2013, 12:14 PM   #3
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^ Life was definitely underrated. I own the DVD and enjoy it quite a lot.

Another good prison comedy would be Stir Crazy.
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Old September 30 2013, 03:31 PM   #4
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Re: Prison movies?

Captaindemotion wrote: View Post
The Longest Yard/The Mean Machine from the 1970s with Burt Reynolds (It's been remade as The Longest Yard in the US with Adam Sandler and Burt in a cameo role and as TMM in the UK with Vinnie Jones).
Hey brother, thanks for your reply. I've already seen The Longest Yard 2005 and I really enjoyed it.
Lockup with Sylvester Stallone
After reading your suggestion I watched the trailer and it seems a lot more 'gritty' than Con Air.

If you fancy a longer investment, try season one of Prison Break, the tv show from the mid/late 00s.

If you want something more thoughtful than Con Air and the like, the ultimate prison movie is the Shawshank Redemption. The Birdman of Alcatraz is also a must-see. Ditto Escape from Alcatraz (Clint Eastwood), Cool Hand Luke (Paul Newman) and the under-rated comedy life with Eddie Murphy.
Ok thanks! I've already seen Shawshank Redeption. Escape from Alcatraz and Cool Hand Luke might be a bit too old for me to watch.
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Old September 30 2013, 04:12 PM   #5
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Stallone's and Schwarzenegger's "Escape Plan" is coming up.
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Old September 30 2013, 04:17 PM   #6
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Re: Prison movies?

Another vote for Cool Hand Luke, a classic and one of my favorites.

Brubaker with Roert Redford was pretty good. I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang was really good.

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Ok thanks! I've already seen Shawshank Redeption. Escape from Alcatraz and Cool Hand Luke might be a bit too old for me to watch.
Oh, never mind. About what date did worthwhile movies begin to be made, then?
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Old September 30 2013, 04:45 PM   #7
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The Breakfast Club.
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Old September 30 2013, 04:48 PM   #8
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Since the 1990's seem to be acceptable , how 'bout The Green Mile?
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Old September 30 2013, 06:03 PM   #9
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The Green Mile and and Dead Man Walking are two excellent prison dramas that also center around the death penalty.
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Old September 30 2013, 06:38 PM   #10
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Re: Prison movies?

ReadyAndWilling wrote: View Post
Escape from Alcatraz and Cool Hand Luke might be a bit too old for me to watch.
Your loss.
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Old September 30 2013, 10:27 PM   #11
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Cool Hand Luke is a classic. If you are interested in movies about prison, you need to see it. It's not a freakin' silent film, for God's sake.
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Old September 30 2013, 10:31 PM   #12
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Re: Prison movies?

J.T.B. wrote: View Post
Another vote for Cool Hand Luke, a classic and one of my favorites.

Brubaker with Roert Redford was pretty good. I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang was really good.

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Ok thanks! I've already seen Shawshank Redeption. Escape from Alcatraz and Cool Hand Luke might be a bit too old for me to watch.
Oh, never mind. About what date did worthwhile movies begin to be made, then?
Haha, I didn't mean the old movies weren't watching, I just meant I find it hard to watch these old movies because of the style they were made in.
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Old September 30 2013, 10:33 PM   #13
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Re: Prison movies?

^

What style is that?

And why hasn't anyone suggested Tango & Cash?
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Old September 30 2013, 10:36 PM   #14
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Re: Prison movies?

DarthTom wrote: View Post
The Green Mile and and Dead Man Walking are two excellent prison dramas that also center around the death penalty.
Alright, thanks. I'll check them out!
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Old September 30 2013, 10:39 PM   #15
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Re: Prison movies?

ReadyAndWilling wrote: View Post
Haha, I didn't mean the old movies weren't watching, I just meant I find it hard to watch these old movies because of the style they were made in.
Maybe what we've got here is a failure to communicate.

Seriously, watch Cool Hand Luke, you'll forget anything about "style."
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