Synopsis: Nice-guy prison guard befriends lowlife killer in the Big House.
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Academy Award nominee James Woods (Casino, The Specialist) and Robert Sean Leonard (Dead Poets Society) star in the shocking story of two men, one sworn to uphold our system of justice, the other, the brutal by-product of that same system”
What Did I Learn?: Sadistic guards can usually expect some sort of comeuppance in jailhouse movies.
You Might Like This Movie If: You enjoy seeing James Woods getting the stuffing knocked out of him over and over again. (Sean Young, maybe?)
Really?: Would a prison guard really risk his steady job during the Great Depression to give a hardened killer the pen and paper he needs to write his story?
Rating: Gritty and unpleasant. It’s rather difficult to feel any sympathy for Woods’ character (is a theme developing here, dear readers?), even though the fictionalized killer was a much better man than the real Carl Panzram, who could best be described as a monster. 4/10 stars.