Not Quite Prison Movies

» Strange Cargo (1940, USA)

Christ-figure spreads salvation amongst a group of prisoners escaping from Devil’s Island. Spooky.

» Hell’s Kitchen (1939, USA)

The Dead End Kids, a corrupt superintendent and a reforming crook all thrown in together.

» Grosse bêtise / Breakin’ Out (2001, France)

Teenager plots to spring his drug trafficking mother from jail.

» Clash by Night (1964, UK)

Gentle, old-fashioned story of prisoners trapped in a flammable barn after one of them is sprung.

» Get Santa (2014, UK)

Entertaining story of a dad and his son’s bid to free Santa from jail to save Christmas.

» Inside (1996, USA)

Well scripted film about a South African interrogation in the apartheid era.

» Край / The Edge (2010, Russia)

Without doubt, the best train-themed gulag movie ever.

» Samar (1962, USA)

Awful flick of dissidents in a Filipino penal colony escaping the tyranny of Spanish rule.

» The Expert (1995, USA)

Aggrieved murder victim’s brother breaks into Death Row to exact revenge. Inane.

» True Story (2015, USA)

Excellent true-life story of a journalist’s encounters with a man accused of murdering his family.