R | | Crime, Drama
The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
The punishment, conditions, corruption, and violence within the prison, depicted in this film, based on the Tucker State Prison Farm and Cummins State Prison Farm prison scandal, became the subject of the common law case of Holt v. Sarver (Arkansas) where it was determined that the Arkansas Prison System violated inmates constitutional rights.
Richard 'Dickie' Coombes:
What you gon' do about Abraham?
Henry Brubaker: I've got Purcell filling out forms in triplicate, and I'm going to get him released just as soon as I-
Richard 'Dickie' Coombes: Now why do you wanna go and do that?
Henry Brubaker: Do what?
Richard 'Dickie' Coombes: Look, why don't you just leave him be. I mean, all he knows is this ...
Henry Brubaker: ...
Brubaker finds a maggot in his plate of beans. Another prisoner suggests that he should eat it as it is 'full of protein'. However, the beans themselves are high in protein and, in comparison, the contribution from the worm to his diet would be negligible.
"We wish to pay tribute to Richard Ward, who played 'Abraham,' for a lifetime of very special work."
$2,748,079 22 June 1980
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