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Short Eyes (1977)
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Starring: Don Blakely, Joseph Carberry, Bruce Davison, Shawn Elliott, Freddie Fender, Nathan George, Tito Goya, Curtis Mayfield, Jose Perez, Miguel Pinero, Keneth Steward
Director: Robert Young
Category: Drama, Independent
Studio: Wellspring
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Length:
100 mins

 
 

 

On the inside, they play by a different set of rules.

Based on the play by Miguel Pinero, Short Eyes is a brutal and powerful look at life in "The Tombs," Manhattan's infamous detention center. Tensions erupt when white prisoner Clark (Bruce Davidson), an accused child molester joins their ranks. Universally detested by his fellow inmates for committing the most heinous crime imaginable, Clark becomes a catalyst for the anger and violence that breeds in prison and sets off a horrifying chain of events.

A groundbreaking film for it's time, Short Eyes was directed by award-winner Robert M. Young and features a score and cameo by music legend Curtis Mayfield.