This is my 4961st Review
Original Rating prediction – 8/10
“I also remember how grateful I was that at least some of my men had learned to be loyal. Not to a gang or to power but to a job; in a small way to society and this gave me hope for their future.” – Doc
Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Feb 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A psychologist trying to pioneer research in a prison environment picks six diverse incarcerated criminals to try and help him prove that he can make changes in a prison situation.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard about until I recently heard that it was the first time in history that a supporting actor won a Golden Globe Award but was snubbed by the Oscars for even a nomination. (see Trivia section below).
I didn’t know anything else about this film and was pleasantly surprised that it had such an interesting premise that was clearly ahead of its time.
The do a great job dealing with certain elements within the prison routine in groundbreaking ways.
It might seem less groundbreaking now but when this was made nearly 70 years ago, people were much less familiar with the inside of a prison, but the fact that now we have much more information makes one think as if this idea has been done beforehand.
Obviously, because of when it was made, things are much tamer than one would expect from the inside of a prison but that is to be expected.
The cast is quite good but none of them really stand out among the others despite the fact that Millard Mitchell was able to win a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor or his work here.
The message of this film is quite good and works from start to finish to try and show how it’s possible to find some kind of rehabilitation or redemption from within the walls of a prison even when you expect to live out your life in such a place.
Bottom Line – Great premise that is definitely ahead of its time. Love the way that they deal with this kind of situation in ways that seem quite groundbreaking for when this was made even if we are now much more familiar with the way things supposedly work behind bars due to the vast information now available. Things are a bit more tame than one would expect from a prison film, but that too has to do with the time and place this film was made. The cast is all quite good even if none of them really stand out. Mitchell’s Golden Globe win and subsequent Oscar snub became part of history. The film has a nice message and works quite well throughout. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Millard Mitchell was the first actor to win a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor award without receiving a corresponding Academy Award nomination. The other 6 are (as of 2019) – in chronological order: Earl Holliman in The Rainmaker (1956), Stephen Boyd in Ben-Hur (1959), Oskar Werner in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), Richard Attenborough, The Sand Pebbles (1966) and Doctor Dolittle (1967), Richard Benjamin in The Sunshine Boys (1975) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Nocturnal Animals (2016). (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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