Cully Briston is serving a 5 year sentence in an Arizona prison. He's not getting along well with the Sergeant of the guards who, on finding a bottle of moonshine near Cully, sends him to the isolation block. Arriving there Cully discovers that inmates have taken over the block and have taken the guards as hostages to demand better living conditions. Inmate Red Fraker, leader of the revolt, has a secret plan to escape with a few other inmates and asks Cully to join them. Red explains there's an old tunnel under the prison auditorium of which prison staff is unaware. Cully plans to brew moonshine to get the other inmates drunk while the select few escape.
They exploded the ugliest riot in prison history to cover their dangerous, desperate break for freedom.
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Did You Know?
The film is based on a non-fiction novel by Frank Elli
. The novel described a real riot that took place in an Arizona state prison. See more
An edited, "PG" rated version was released to theaters in 1970. Video version is the complete "R" rated version. See more
Lyric by Robert Wells
Music by Krzysztof Komeda
(as Christopher Komeda)
Sung by Bill Medley See more