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      Murder in the First

      R Released Jan 20, 1995 2h 2m Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      54% Tomatometer 39 Reviews 79% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Henry, a small-time criminal sent to Alcatraz, is caught attempting to escape and as punishment, he's put in solitary confinement. Instead of staying the maximum nineteen days, he is kept alone, in the cold and complete darkness for years, only to emerge a madman and a murderer. It's a rookie lawyer who proves Alcatraz is to blame, and that Henry should not be executed. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Despite a strong cast and story inspired by incredible real-life events, Murder in the First is strictly second rate.

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      Anthony Lane New Yorker Playing the hero of an issues movie (and this one is dripping with issues) is usually a thankless task, but Slater carries this one with ease. Nov 7, 2022 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: C- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Rick Groen Globe and Mail The figures are right, the investment looks good, but the emotional pay-off is minimal. Apr 12, 2002 Full Review Sheila Reid Women in the Life It’s depressing, it’s dark and dingy and so far it’s the strongest set of performances on the big screen this year. May 16, 2022 Full Review Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot See this only for Bacon's compelling performance. Factual or not, he creates a moving portrait of a young man who never had a chance. Rated: 3/4 Mar 2, 2022 Full Review Sarah Wenk Common Sense Media Moving story of justice but too intense for kids. Rated: 3/5 Jan 2, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      John K Great movie and great acting , can't understand how anyone can say it's a bad movie Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/23/23 Full Review Ashley H Murder in the First is a terrific film. It is about a young attorney who defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. Christian Slater and Kevin Bacon give fantastic performances. The script is good but a little slow in places. Marc Rocco did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review jelisije j A movie that is loosely based on a true story about a prisoner who was overly abused in Alcatraz prison. Its a good watch to help learn about Alcatraz prison, but not the most faithful adaption either. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Shioka O Strong performance by Kevin Bacon, it's so compelling, but almost hard to see it. Reminds me "Midnight Express". Not for entertainment. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 12/01/22 Full Review Audience Member The greatest 02 hours: and 02 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review robert r Drab and basic, "Murder In The First" represents the epitome of that sort of film that thinks itself a prestige picture gunning for a nomination in every category at the Academy Awards when in reality it's just empty and thin in nearly every regard. Trying to be high-minded and kind-hearted, the film fairly trains its crosshairs upon the American prison system, opening up a number of thought-provoking moral dilemmas and pleas for change. This all shreds to tatters upon just a cursory glance at the true events that inspired this movie, however, as you learn that not only is this entire thing a complete bastardization of the actual events in question, but totally neglectful of actual events that could have made for a much more interesting movie altogether. As much as I appreciated the scene-chewery from Kevin Bacon in this one, there's really next to nothing beyond that. A real shame. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Henry, a small-time criminal sent to Alcatraz, is caught attempting to escape and as punishment, he's put in solitary confinement. Instead of staying the maximum nineteen days, he is kept alone, in the cold and complete darkness for years, only to emerge a madman and a murderer. It's a rookie lawyer who proves Alcatraz is to blame, and that Henry should not be executed.
      Director
      Marc Rocco
      Producer
      Marc Frydman, Mark Wolper
      Screenwriter
      Dan Gordon
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Warner Bros., Canal+
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 20, 1995, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2009
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $16.1M
      Runtime
      2h 2m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo
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