Stir (1980)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Prison Film  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Australia  |  
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Yes, Stir is a prison picture, but don't be put off by the seeming flippancy of its slangy title. Ben Jewson based his screenplay on his own experiences while incarcerated. Jewson spares us nothing: the gleeful brutality of the guards, the sexual outrages in the cells, the grim future in store for those "lucky" enough to be set free. The film culminates in a riot, clearly inspired by TV news footage of Attica. Stir proved an impressive debut for Australian director Stephen Wallace.

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brutality, inmate, prison-riot, warden