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Henri Young stole five dollars from a post office and ended up going to prison - to the most famous, or infamous, prison of them all: Alcatraz. He tried to escape, failed, and spent three years and two months in solitary confinement - in a dungeon, with no light, no heat and no toilet. Milton Glenn, the assistant warden, who was given free reign by his duty-shirking superior, was responsible for Young's treatment. Glenn even took a straight razor and hobbled Young for life. After three years and two months, Young was taken out of solitary confinement and put with the rest of the prisoners. Almost immediately, Young took a spoon and stabbed a fellow prisoner in the neck, killing him. Now, Young is on trial for murder, and if he's convicted he'll go to the gas chamber. An eager and idealistic young attorney, James Stamphill, is given this impossible case, and argues before a shocked courtroom that Young had a co-conspirator. The true murderer, he says, was Alcatraz. Written by J. Spurlin

Inspired by a true story. A petty criminal sent to Alcatraz in the 1930s is caught attempting to make an escape. As punishment, he is put in solitary confinement. The maximum stay is supposed to be 19 days, but Henri spends years alone, cold and in complete darkness, only to emerge a madman and soon to be a murderer. The story follows a rookie lawyer attempting to prove that Alcatraz was to blame, and that Henri should not be executed. Written by Rob Hartill

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review by . August 01, 2010
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Kevin Bacon gives an outstanding and haunting performance that's based on a true story
When I first starting working in the Nursing Unit at an all-male Correctional Facility, our Nursing Supervisor encouraged us to watch prison films so we could get an idea of the penal system and what it would be like to be a prisoner, to work with them, etc.  We all decided to rent Murder In The First starring Kevin Bacon and Christian Slater. We definitely were not disappointed in the movie, but we were disappointed that this movie, based on a true story, was actually true and that …
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