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Revolt in the Big House (1958)

Gannon is an imprisoned racketeer kingpin who tries to manipulate his young cell mate into staging a riot and prison break, but the cell mate tries to back out when he realizes other inmates may be killed in the process.

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R.G. Springsteen
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Cast overview:
Gene Evans ... Lou Gannon
Robert Blake ... Rudy Hernandez
Timothy Carey ... Ed 'Bugsy' Kyle
John Qualen ... Doc
Sam Edwards ... Al Carey
John Dennis ... Red
Walter Barnes ... Guard Capt. Starkey
Frank Richards ... Jake
Emile Meyer ... Warden
Arline Hunter Arline Hunter ... Girl (as Arlene Hunter)
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After eluding numerous convictions for ten years, New York City notorious criminal Lou Gannon is finally convicted for armed robbery and murder. He is sentenced to 20 years in a maximum-security prison. Once there, Gannon is already planning his escape. He meets several inmates that he already knew on the outside. One of them is old acquaintance Doc, fourteen years into a long sentence. Doc knows the prison better than the guards themselves. Another key man is Ed 'Bugsy' Kyle. He's a violent psychopath who is the most feared inmate and who controls the rest of the inmates. Doc, Bugsy and their tight group agree to allow Gannon be in charge when he reveals that he has an escape plan involving organized help from outside the prison. Gannon's cellmate, young criminal Rudy Hernandez is a former gang member who wanted to go straight, had a job and wanted to get married to his girlfriend. Unfortunately, Rudy messed up and agreed to be the getaway driver for a gang during a hold-up. For this... Written by nufs68

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Toughest Hell-Cage in the Nation! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La révolte est pour minuit See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emile Meyer , who plays the warden , also played the warden in Riot In Cell Block 11 ( 1954 ) . See more »

Goofs

When Robert Blake is facing outside his cell as the men are lined-up, his hands are down. When it cuts to outside the cell, looking in at Blake, both hands are holding the cell bars. See more »

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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 7 (2002) See more »

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Must-See Prison Movie
20 October 2008 | by mackjay2See all my reviews

This B-grade prison movie really packs a wallop, thanks to committed performances from a cast featuring Gene Evans, Tim Carey and Robert Blake. A stock story is brought to convincing, exciting life as hardened criminal Gene Evans is thrown into the "Big House". Right off the bat, he organizes a crashout. But he has other things on his mind as well. Routine as it may at first seem, this movie holds a number of surprises that make well worth anyone's time. Evans is solid as ever and expert at taking charge of the situation. He has no trouble standing up to and intimidating Tim Carey (a feat in itself). But the most impressive performance comes from young Robert Blake: his subtle use of accent and his consistency of character show true acting talent. Blake is the heart of this film while Evans is the brazen brains of it. Also on hand are stalwarts John Qualen, Emile Meyer and others, all directed by R.G. Springsteen with powerhouse impact. Great stuff. Yet another B movie that could use a restored issue on DVD.


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