Riot in Cell Block 11

Riot in Cell Block 11

Directed by Don Siegel • 1954 • United States
Starring Neville Brand, Emile Meyer, Frank Faylen

Early in his career, Don Siegel made his mark with this sensational and high-octane but economically constructed drama set in a maximum-security penitentiary. RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11, the brainchild of producer extraordinaire Walter Wanger, is a ripped-from-the-headlines social-problem picture about inmates’ rights that was inspired by a recent spate of uprisings in American prisons. In Siegel’s hands, the film, shot on location at Folsom State Prison, with real inmates and guards as extras, is at once brash and humane, showcasing the hard-boiled visual flair and bold storytelling for which the director would become known.

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Riot in Cell Block 11
  • Riot in Cell Block 11

    Directed by Don Siegel • 1954 • United States
    Starring Neville Brand, Emile Meyer, Frank Faylen

    Early in his career, Don Siegel made his mark with this sensational and high-octane but economically constructed drama set in a maximum-security penitentiary. RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11, the brainchild of ...

Extras

  • RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11 Commentary

    This audio commentary, recorded in 2014, features film scholar Matthew H. Bernstein.

  • Excerpt from “A Siegel Film”

    Here, Kristoffer Tabori, Don Siegel’s son, reads the chapter on RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11 from the director’s autobiography, “A Siegel Film.”

  • Excerpt from “Don Siegel: Director”

    Here, Kristoffer Tabori, Don Siegel’s son, reads excerpts from the chapter on RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11 from Stuart Kaminsky’s 1974 book “Don Siegel: Director,” which includes an interview with actor Neville Brand. Tabori’s performance plays over stills from the film.