Murder in the First (1995)

R   |    |  Drama, Thriller


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An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement.

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Director:

Marc Rocco

Writer:

Dan Gordon

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26 November 2006 | whpratt1
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| Not Exactly the True Story
This was a very entertaining film about the horrible treatment of a certain prisoner at Alcatraz named Henri Young who robbed a store for five dollars ($5.00) and was sent to prison. Henri Young was played by Kevin Bacon who did a fantastic job of acting and captured your attention through out the film. There were many scenes filmed on the Island of Alcatraz and some old time footage of the first time Warden of Alcatraz, James R. Johnston. Christian Slater, (James Stamphill) was the lawyer assigned for Henri Young's defense, who had a hard job trying to rehabilitate his client so he could stand trial and even speak a few words. Young was in such bad shape mentally from being put into the solitary confinement for three (3) years, he was like an animal instead of a human being. This Hollywood version is not all completely true about Henri Young, he really had a long history of crime and mental problems. However, this film is very entertaining and Kevin Bacon put his heart and soul into this role. Enjoy.

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In an extract for Murder in the First (1995), from a CINEFILE in the 2006 fourteenth edition of Time Out, critic and film historian Geoffrey Macnab wrote: "The film is loosely based on a true story, but director Marc Rocco has taken huge liberties with the subject matter. Young was not the innocent country boy portrayed here. Nor were the warders quite as barbaric as Rocco suggests. (In one shocking scene, we see Warden Glenn slash Young's Achilles tendon with a razor to ensure that he'll never again try to escape.) The claims that Young's case precipitated the closure of Alcatraz don't add up either. The teenager was tried in 1941, 20 years before the prison was shut down. As a protest film, Murder in the First is over 30 years too late. None the less, this is a riveting courtroom drama, buoyed by intensely committed performances from former Bratpack stars, Slater and Bacon". Kevin Bacon played Henri Young imprisoned in Alcatraz, Gary Oldman played the brutally sadistic warden Milton Glenn and Christian Slater played Young's lawyer James Stamphill.


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Prison Barber: They're coming! Run!


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Henry Young didn't go to Alcatraz for "stealing 5 dollars." In real life, he was both a bank robber and a murderer, and had already been in at least two state prisons before landing at Alcatraz.


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This Film is Inspired by a True Story


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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen!
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Traditional English Christmas, earliest known publication 1833
Sung by Alcatraz wives and children

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