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Murder in the First Details

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This shocking prison drama was inspired by a true story. In 1938, Henri Young (Kevin Bacon), sentenced to Alcatraz for stealing $5, attempted to escape from prison with three other prisoners. One of the escapees was captured, and to curry favor with Warden Glenn (Gary Oldman), he informed on the others. Young was soon brought back to custody, and was to be punished by spending 19 days in solitary confinement. Nineteen days stretched into three years, in which Young was kept in a pit with no light, no toilet, no furniture, and nothing to read. Young emerged from solitary a vengeful madman, and he quickly murdered the convict who turned him in. Young was put on trial for the killing, and assigned a first-time public defender, James Stamphill (Christian Slater). Stamphill was horrified by Young's tales of the conditions at Alcatraz, and he used them as the basis of his defense for his client, believing that anyone would be driven to madness and murder if they had been treated the same way as Young. Murder in the First also features Embeth Davidtz, William H. Macy, Brad Dourif, and R. Lee Ermey. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Broadcast Film Critics Association Kevin Bacon Best Actor 1995 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Kevin Bacon Best Supporting Actor 1995 Nominee

Cast

Christian Slater
as James Stamphill
Kevin Bacon
as Henri Young
Gary Oldman
as Associate Warden Glenn
Embeth Davidtz
as Mary McCasslin
William H. Macy
as William McNeil
R. Lee Ermey
as Judge Clawson
Brad Dourif
as Byron Stamphill
Kyra Sedgwick
as Blanche
Mia Kirshner
as Adult Rosetta Young
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Mr. Henkin
James Keane
as Alcatraz Guard
William Hall
as Man on the Street
Gary Lee Davis
as Giant of a Man
Charles Boswell
as Simpson
Danny Kovacs
as Man on the Street
Eddie Bowz
as Alcatraz Guard
Eve Brenner
as Winthrop's Secretary
Gary Ballard
as Alcatraz Guard Swenson
George Maguire
as Inmate #1
Neil Summers
as Alcatraz Guard Whitney
Randy Pelish
as Alcatraz Guard Wimer
Sheldon Feldner
as Man on the Street
Stefan Gierasch
as Warden James Humson
Ben Slack
as Jerry Hoolihan
Stuart Nisbet
as Harve
Tim Winters
as Alcatraz Guard
Tony Barr
as Winthrop
Wally Rose
as Shopkeeper

Crew

Marc Rocco
Director
Marc Frydman
Producer
Mark Wolper
Producer
Dan Gordon
Screenwriter
Fred Murphy
Cinematographer
Christopher Young
Composer (Music Score)
Ed White
Musical Direction/Supervision
Russell Livingstone
Editor
Kirk M. Petruccelli
Production Designer
Michael Rizzo
Art Director
Deborah Lee
Co-producer
Philip McKeon
Associate Producer
David L. Wolper
Executive Producer
Marc Rocco
Executive Producer
Greg Grande
Set Designer
Sylvia Vega-Vasquez
Costume Designer
Mary Jo Slater
Casting
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