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The Mannsfield 12 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Tony Todd
  • Directors: Craig Ross Jr
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Starz Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BKW3S0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,445 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In Mannsfield State Penitentiary, the warden has a special place for the most successful hustlers in the joint. It's called East Wing. If you live here it's because you have a hustle so sweet the warden wants you close so that his kick backs come easier. Twelve inmates reside in East Wing. Andrew Perryman was sent to Mannsfield on an eighteen month sentence. His father is a big wig and silently pays the Warden $50,000 a month to put young Perryman in with hardcore criminals to teach him a lesson. The Warden places Andrew in East Wing. Andrew caves psychologically because of all the intimidation and violence he sees. In an act of desperation he stabs a guard, Barron. The Warden quickly removes Perryman from East Wing. In an effort to get one of the other inmates to confess and keep his monthly pay off coming in, the Warden tortures all twelve inmates one by one. But the Warden greatly underestimates these twelve men and in doing so, he underestimates the human spirit.

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catlover on 25 Sept. 2008
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Don't expect to watch this flick and take it seriously. You've read the synopsis above, does it have the ring of verisimilitude about it for you? No, me neither.

'Elite', evil prisoners come up against a corrupt warden and supporting prison system, and we're supposed to feel sympathy for them: a bunch of murderers and drug dealers. The only time I feel anything even remotely sorry for their plight is when they have to share screen space with the guy who plays the prison warden. He turns in a performance so mind-numbingly bad it makes some of theirs look like Larry Olivier in his pomp. Truly.

However, the whole thing is watchable for two scenes alone: one of which is probably intentionally ridiculous (see below). The good one is where all twelve prisoners act as a jury, debating the persons and prison system that persecutes and punishes them, and pass their judgement. They're all dressed in suits at this stage (you have to suspend your disbelief) and put their points across with something approaching eloquence. It's a very clever scene and would be more at home in a classier film with a better script.

The other `classic' scene features the bunch of them walking out of the dark, solitary prison cells they've been cooped-up in, isolated from each other for six months. They've bonded now you see, they're BROTHERS. And to prove it, they're all walking back to their regular cells, in unison, in slow motion, each of them sporting a pair of designer shades! The first item any cool guy would pine for after a spell in solitary.

Chockfull of cartoon violence, this is perfect if you just want a plain silly movie to entertain you for an hour and a half. And for that reason alone I give it two stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2008
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Whilst the premise for "The Mannsfield 12" is fundamentally sound, the cast strong and the cinematography potently vibrant, in-your-face and artfully brutal, the film itself suffers from being slow-paced, is marred by woefully weak dialogue and is altogether in desperate need of some quite severe editing. (The first 20 minutes, for instance, is largely unnecessary and is recapped most effectively in about 90 seconds by one of the characters almost straight away.) It also lacks the sophistication, subtlety and pathos of films such as "Sleepers [1997]" for example.

Tough, gritty and violent throughout, this film pulls no punches whatsoever in its portrayal of the essentially base nature of men, particularly those who have lost their way through material greed, positions of power and opportunism, forced to spend their days in the close proximity of others of their kind. (And I'm not talking about the life-sentence convicts who actually make up the twelve of the title.) Where the film falls down though is in the pitifully poor lines which hamper all of the actors, severely damaging the credibility of their characters, together with the Craig Ross Jr's penchant for trying to make points by simply belabouring them to death, rather than developing tension through plot development, revelation and exposition. As the result, the viewer is frequently left bewildered and confused as to what is going on, or why. And on more than one occasion feels to have been on the receiving end of as brutal a beating as any of those portrayed on-screen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By laineyf TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2008
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This is a very powerful film. It is harsh, and brutal, and bloody, but shows that the human spirit will always find a way, and won't be defeated. In Mannsfield prison, the warden is corrupt, taking backhanders from inmates, turning a blind eye when it suits his own purpose. He makes a deal with the Governor that he will make sure his son is protected whilst in the prison, and receives a hefty payout to do so. In the prison, there are members of a gang, The Deuces, who are in control of all the rackets going on, drugs, etc. These are very powerful, violent men, who will do whatever it takes to get what they want. They also give the warden a cut of their profits, so that he will stay off their backs. The Governors son is a spoilt, rich, out of touch- with- reality brat, who gets his eyes opened wide inside the prison. One of the guards is a decent, caring man, who befriends an inmate called Ali, who is a Muslim.
He looks out for Ali as best he can, and Ali keeps himself pretty much to himself. The Governors son is terrified because Monsta, on of the Deuces, has marked him out for his own, and in a fit of terror he lashes out with a weapon, and stabs the guard thinking he is Monsta. Everything then spirals out of control. The Warden doesn't want to lose his lucrative deal with the Governor, so he denies the guard medical attention, bribing another guard to say nothing, and do nothing. The matter has to be hushed up, so that the Governor's son is not implicated, and the Warden demands that one of the 12 prisoners on the wing sign a confession, and he will make sure that they don't get the death penalty, and will give them $250,000. The question is............will truth and honesty overcome greed?
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