Riot in Cell Block 11


A prisoner leads his counterparts in a protest for better living conditions which turns violent and ugly.

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  1. Richard Collins

    Screenplay, Story

  2. Don Siegel


Top Billed Cast

  1. Neville Brand

    Neville Brand

    James V. Dunn

  2. Emile Meyer

    Emile Meyer

    Warden Reynolds

  3. Frank Faylen

    Frank Faylen

    Commissioner Haskell

  4. Leo Gordon

    Leo Gordon

    Crazy Mike Carne

  5. Robert Osterloh

    Robert Osterloh

    The Colonel

  6. Paul Frees

    Paul Frees

    Guard Monroe

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 20m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • February 28, 1954



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A review by Steve

By Steve

Coming as a big surprise to me, the forgotten gem Riot in Cell Block 11 is being released by Criterion on DVD soon.

The film is a semi-documentary noir released in the early 1950s. The film documents a fictional riot at the famous California prison, Folsom.

The film has none of the dramatic shadows found in classic noir. It's shot like a documentary. No showy camera angles. But don't let the films look -- or its lack of stars keep you from seeing it. It's one of a kind.

Directer Don Siegel was still years away from becoming Eastwood's mentor and the director... read the rest.

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