On A Small Island (1962)

Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This routine drama by Bulgarian director Rangel Valchanov concerns a group of men imprisoned on an island penal colony. Their transgressions it turns out, were political. All of them participated in a failed 1923 rebellion against the government, all of them are Communists. The captain in charge of the prisoners on the island is a brutal, sadistic, rigidly fascist-like dictator who is liberal in handing out severe punishments. Several attempts at escape are aborted when the men are caught until finally, the entire lot of prisoners plans an organized insurrection.