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The Killing Yard (2001)

A man is accused of murdering two of his inmates around the same time as the 1971 Attica prison riots.

Director:

Euzhan Palcy

Writer:

Benita Garvin
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Ernie Goodman
Morris Chestnut ... Shango
Rose McGowan ... Linda Borus
Lindsay Owen Pierre ... L.D. Barkley
Dean Patrick Fleming Dean Patrick Fleming ... Malcolm Bell
Tyrone Benskin ... Haywood Burns
B Martin Sage B Martin Sage ... Conrad
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benz Antoine ... Johnny Flowers
Terence Bowman Terence Bowman ... Juror Thomson
Bill Corday Bill Corday ... Court Clerk
Larry Day ... Anthony Simonetti
Lesley Faulkner Lesley Faulkner ... Beth
Dawn Ford ... Vicky
Christopher Heyerdahl ... D.A.
Arthur Holden Arthur Holden ... Dr. John Edland
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A man is accused of murdering two of his inmates around the same time as the 1971 Attica prison riots.

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An act no one could forgive. And only one man could defend. The true story of the Attica Prison riot.

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Drama

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atikka See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A film for those who do not know about Attica
24 September 2005 | by ceo-64See all my reviews

Usually, Alan Alda plays characters that are too "soft" and overly verbal -- it's probably how he really lives. This time, he fits the character. Though he overacts when the verdict is being delivered.

The 1971 Attica Prison Riot and the State of New York's response is remembered by many of us as a terrifying event. Only a few journalists have told the true story. This film provides a quick look at the horrors and excesses associated with the Attica riot/revolt. Attica had a major impact on this country. Maybe the movie will stimulate someone to research the history.

I can't remember a feature movie made from the perspective of the prisoners -- though there is a great PBS piece with the actual Attica survivors/participants. The perspective of the guards held hostage is explored in "Against the Wall" with Kyle MacLachlan, Samuel L. Jackson, Clarence Williams III, and Frederic Forrest.

Back in the day, we shouted, "Attica! Attica!" It was nice to hear it in the movie. Brought back memories.

The worst part of the movie are the natural wigs Morris Chestnut and the other African Americans must wear. It would have been easy for these people to grow a 'Fro.


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