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Glass House [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007R89ZY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,002 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A gripping, powerful drama about life in a US state prison ...

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Suspenseful, gritty & sometimes uncomfortable... the acting is first-rate - Morrow is creepy & funny at the same time while Alda is always excellent!!! The storyline is exciting with an uncompromising ending & the themes in the movie will be familiar to anyone who watches prison movies, but it's the fine cast & direction that make this a movie to remember. According to Alan Alda in his autobiography "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed - and Other Things I've Learned" - the film was shot in a real prison using real inmates as extra's & two prisoners even took Alda hostage, but apparently the two prisoners were only joking!!!
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Anybody visiting this for the first time now who can't take themselves back to 1972 (the time of the film's release) are going to be screaming formulaic. Luckily as a fan of the genre and holding a steadfast belief that a viewer should always get a mindset of a film's original release period, I wouldn't dream of calling this formulaic.

This is something of genre perfection because the makers realise that incarceration should be stifling, the viewer should feel a level of oppression to get on side with the nature of the film, and here they achieve that with a feeling of simmering menace bubbling under the surface, you know that things are going to go pear shaped and it's the waiting that drives you on in an uneasy state.

All the pieces are in place for classic prison drama, tough nasty bad guy exuding menace (a wonderful creeper turn from Vic Morrow), the screw who is the lone voice of authority who cares (take a bow Clu Gulager), the good guy main protagonist who we are rooting for (a fine heartfelt turn from Alan Alda), and a story that doesn't veer to nonsense (from the pen of one Truman Capote).

The violence is shocking, and of course rape and suicide is prominent, all the things to make the viewer stunned and saddened in equal measure are here, but most of all the film triumphs with its ending, there is no cop out here and the makers were brave enough to not slip into maudlin pay off that so many prison genre films tend to do.

For this new modern era of film making there is nothing new here, but for 1972 and a TV movie, this is well worth support and sampling by any potential first time viewers. 8/10
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I remember seeing this as a teenager when it was first broadcast on ITV in the early 1970s. It made a big impression on me because of its starkness and tension. I've always liked the late Vic Morrow, who plays the chief villain - he was a superb method actor and could convey so much without even the need for dialogue at times. It's a film worth seeing. And the fish-out-of-water character played by Alan Alda is the perfect foil. It's actually quite an un-nerving film - amazing that it was actually made for TV, all those years ago.
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Excellent 70's prison drama which has lost some of its impact in the wake of Shows like OZ and more brutal cinema Prison movies but with Great writing and excellent acting, its worth 90 Minutes of anyone time.
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This is one of my favorite film Vic Moro was superb so as Av Alda, this a very rare movie to findI consider it to be better than Capote Oscar winning movie
Rare movie to find
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