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Riot (1969)





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A desperate group of convicts stage a minor riot to divert attention in an escape attempt. Red (Gene Hackman) and two others perpetrate the uprising, but word has leaked out and the riot is quickly changed into a symbolic protest against prison conditions and alleged cruelty by sadistic guards. Cully (Jim Brown) is the convict who is caught up in the riot of which he had no prior knowledge. As the prisoners take over the institution, a drunken party is hosted by two homosexuals in drag. The prisoners set up a mock court in which prison informers and guards are tried, convicted and brutally punished. Knives slash, fists fly and blood is spilled leading to the return of the vacationing warden. Red becomes the media spokesman for the group as the siege continues and the prisoners administer their own macabre brand of justice to those found guilty. The film is based on an actual riot that took place in Minnesota, an event that is chronicled in the novel by Frank Elli. An aura of authenticity is provided by real-life warden Frank A. Eyman, who added his personal experience to the realistic prison escape saga.

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Jim Brown
as Cully Briston
Gene Hackman
as Red Fraker
Jerry Thompson
as Deputy Warden Fisk
M. Gerri
as Homosexual
Frank A. Eyman
as The Warden
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Critic Reviews for Riot

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Riot suffers in the most essential area of any action picture: organization of the action. Good action movies do not consist simply of movement, violence, physical contact and adventure. They have to be strongly plotted.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

For entertainment value give me those Cagney prison flicks any day.

January 2, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Riot


It's weird that what started out as a boring movie ended up getting better & better as it went along.My only complaint was that I loved the way it ended but I hated it as well.You'll just have to watch Riot to find out what I mean.I also could've done without seeing the prison party but I guess thats what you do for fun during a prison riot

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