An early Burt Lancaster film, and what a film! i remember watching this when i was 11 years old, as it was one of my fathers favourites. It tells the story of 6 inmates (of cell R17) serving time in a harsh prison, made all the more worse by a sadistic prison warden called Capt.Munsey, who beats the prisoners with "Brute Force" to get them to do his will. each of the prisoners of cell R17 has his story to tell of the "Outside" where life with their respective wives/girlfriends did them a bad turn, hence ending up in prison, and wanting to get back on the "outside" The ending of the film is quite explosive and dramatic. A must for film buffs, and an often overlooked Burt Lancaster gem!