Not Quite Prison Movies

» Prison Shadows (1936, USA)

Six fight-and-alcohol-rubbing-your-cellmate-packed minutes dominate this cheesy story.

» Seduto alla sua destra / Black Jesus (1968, Italy)

Jesus-like Congolese martyr in prison. Or Jesus as Congolese martyr in prison. One of the two.

» 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.