BIG HOUSE USA
1955, MGM/Park Circus, 83 min, USA, Dir: Howard Koch

No meaner, more vicious band of bust-out psychos was ever crammed together in one cell block: Ralph Meeker, Broderick Crawford, Charles Bronson, Lon Chaney Jr. and William Talman! Meeker plays a child kidnapper sent to the Big House after his young hostage dies. He then leads the crazed cons in a breakout to retrieve the hidden ransom! Director Howard Koch turns John C. Higgins’ twist-filled script into the most jaw-droppingly brutal prison film of the 1950s!


THE GREAT ESCAPE
1963, Park Circus, 172 min, USA, Dir: John Sturges

Superlative WWII drama chronicling the real-life, large-scale prison camp escape of Allied POWs in Germany, featuring Steve McQueen in his (literally) breakout role as Captain Virgil Hilts, "The Cooler King." Nail-biting suspense and exhilarating action are punctuated with just the right amount of raucous humor, aided by composer Elmer Bernstein’s rousing score. With James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Richard Attenborough, James Donald and Donald Pleasence.


THE INDIAN RUNNER
1991, MGM Repertory, 125 min, USA, Dir: Sean Penn

Inspired by the Bruce Springsteen song "Highway Patrolman," this auspicious debut for first-time director Sean Penn focuses on the Cain and Abel relationship between two loving brothers, small-town lawman David Morse and Vietnam vet Viggo Mortensen. Often unbearably moving but never sentimental, it features a gallery of stand-out performances by Charles Bronson, Sandy Dennis, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Arquette and Valeria Golino.


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