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Some people have questioned the reliability of Henri Charriere's best-selling memoir of his miserable life on and eventual escape from the French penal colony, Devil's Island. But for the purposes of this film we have to take the story at face value, and it's a remarkable tale of suffering, endurance, and serial escape attempts in which Steve McQueen is at his best in the title role, and Dustin Hoffman is amusingly rat-like as his best friend, Louis Dega.
Moving film about a murderer who during three years in prison solitary confinement starts looking after birds, becoming an expert in bird diseases.
11+ years 145 mins
Drama following the hunger strike of Provisional IRA members, centring on Bobby Sands. A tense and relentless meditation on brutality.
16+ years 92 mins
Tense film based on an actual escape from Alcatraz, the prison deemed 'escape-proof' when it was built in the '30s.
14–16 years 107 mins
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