Convicts 4 (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

Convicts 4 (1962)





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Based on the autobiography of convicted killer John Resko (played here by Ben Gazzara), this routine biographical drama looks at the crucial years between 1931 and 1949 in the convict's life. That period begins when Resko is convicted of killing a store owner and is sentenced to life in prison. After his arrival in prison Resko eventually gets involved in creating art, an activity that leads to a transformation in his character. That change became evident enough to garner the attention of the powers-that-be and by 1949, Resko receives a pardon. The prison system is shown as improving between the killer's first internment and his release, which in itself might make some viewers wonder what happened then, in the years between 1949 and the present. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Millard Kaufman
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On DVD: Jun 22, 2009
Warner Bros.


Ben Gazzara
as John Resko
Stuart Whitman
as Principal Keeper
Vincent Price
as Carl Carmer
Rod Steiger
as Tiptoes
Dodie Stevens
as Resko's Sister
Jack Kruschen
as Resko's Father
Naomi Stevens
as Resko's Mother
Carmen Phillips
as Resko's Wife
Susan Silo
as Resko's Daughter
Arthur Malet
as Storekeeper
Myron Healey
as Gunther
Josip Elic
as Barber
Jack Albertson
as Art Teacher
Robert H. Harris
as Commissionar
Burt Lange
as Gallery Man
John Dennis
as Cell Block Guard
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I just watched a block of prison movies on TCM & they were either OK or straight up sucked so when I got to Convicts 4, I really wasn't expecting all that much.Convicts 4 was the last movie on the block so I guess TCM saved the best for last.It was a pretty decent movie & I didn't know it was based on an autobiography until I read it on another site but I think that's what made it better then the others.It was based on an actual person & not just a prison movie

Brody Manson

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