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      R Released Jul 18, 2008 1 hr. 44 min. Drama List
      60% 25 Reviews Tomatometer 82% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score A new convict (Stephen Dorff) struggles to maintain his sanity and sense of humanity after he's thrust into a prison system in which a brutal guard (Harold Perrineau) encourages gladiatorial combat between inmates. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Sep 12 Buy Now

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      Felon offers a rather hackneyed depiction of prison life, but is held together by a pleasantly complex plot and solid performances from Kilmer and Dorff.

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      jwcdood FELON is a hard hitting action/suspense prison flick that holds attention throughout. It's about corruption in the prison system administration, conflict throughout the prison population and convict's family tension. Gripping and well cast, directed and produced. It certainly didn't look like him, but Val Kilmer's understated performance was standout and everyone else's was very well done. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/26/23 Full Review Audience Member That was one heavy movie. That should be shown to all kids before the leave school. Scared the c*$p out of me. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/20/23 Full Review david r Having spent almost 8 years behind bars in my 20's...This movie reminds me why I moved 3000 kilometers away and changed my life. I was in gladiator school. I fought my way to survive and made it home in one piece and this great movie reminds me of why at 45 this summer and understanding the family dynamic that Steven Dorff was going through having a 5 year old myself, I will never go back. This was a dead pan account on accuracy and Dorf and Val Kilmer played their parts to protection. I hadn't watched this movie for about 5 years and it just brought back so much memories and once again reminded me to never make the mistake of ending up in a place like that again. I really was surprised the first time I watched this how good it was and I just felt the same enjoyment but also reminded me and scared the s*** out of me because folks this is real I remember fighting once a week at least to survive. And now the guys I grew up with and left in my old city are the shot callers in prisons and on the street and I'm sure glad that I'm not there. Great acting and an excellent antagonist in Lt. Jackson, although I hope I don't see that muther fukker again. At least not as a bad guy, well acted by Harold Perrineau P as well. And the others who played inmates. And of course Sam Shepard! As well as Dorff's wife Marisol Nichols. I Really enjoyed this movie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/20/23 Full Review helen g A nearly good all-rounder. The best thing is having Val Kilmer in a worthwhile part - a philosophical character with his own sense of justice. He makes it a good film. Thanks Val. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/19/23 Full Review The Coconut Cabbie An enjoyable prison movie; worth a watch if killing time: nothing to write home about. A reasonable plot with a few tear jerking moments, even a couple enjoyable characters—Val Kilmer, Link from the Matrix and the super Nazi guy—however slightly anti-climatic. Poor cinematography, and a cheesy as Hell final speech but, I had a good time watching. The only ridiculous beyond belief moment in the movie was, it had an FBI that cared, and wasn't totally corrupted like in real life. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/06/22 Full Review Audience Member If you enjoy the prison genre, you'll enjoy this movie. It's what you're most likely looking for. I'd rank them: Shawshank, Oz, Shot Caller, In the name of the father, starred up, then Felon - but like I said - if you're looking for a good prison movie this is 100% one of them. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Joshua Rothkopf Time Out Rated: 4/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: C Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Noel Murray AV Club It's still white-knuckle tense, and held together by dozens of small, well-observed moments. Rated: B Oct 18, 2008 Full Review Martin Tsai New York Sun “Felon” would have been noteworthy had we not seen it all before. Apr 21, 2023 Full Review Debbie Lynn Elias Behind The Lens An emotionally intense and powerfully strong film that assails one's sensibilities and mores, ... FELON touches our hearts and our minds, humanizing what and who many perceive as inhuman. Nov 7, 2019 Full Review C.H. Newell Father Son Holy Gore Explores how violence is endemic in the prisoner, no matter their background, almost as soon as their sentencing is handed down. Rated: 4/5 May 5, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A new convict (Stephen Dorff) struggles to maintain his sanity and sense of humanity after he's thrust into a prison system in which a brutal guard (Harold Perrineau) encourages gladiatorial combat between inmates.
      Ric Roman Waugh
      Executive Producer
      Vincent Newman, Stephen Dorff, David Peters
      Ric Roman Waugh
      Production Co
      Stage 6 Films
      R (Pervasive Language|Brutal Violence|Brief Nudity)
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 18, 2008, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2012
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