Attica (1980)





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Attica is a probing, no-nonsense TV-movie re-creation of the tragic events which followed the Attica (New York) Correctional Facility rebellion of September 9, 1971. Inmates demanding better food and living conditions used jerry-built weapons to take 38 guards as hostage. Negotiations begin immediately, only to continually break down thanks to uncompromising stubbornness on both sides. Four days into the crisis, the rebellion ends in a bloodbath, with state troopers firing on the prisoners-- killing several of the guards in the process. Based on the eyewitness reporting of the New York Times' Tom Wicker (here played by George Grizzard), who was one of the civilian negotiators during the stalemate, Attica was first telecast on March 3, 1980. (Perhaps significantly, Governor Nelson Rockefeller, whom many hold responsible for the climactic carnage at the prison, is never seen in either factual or fictional form during the film).
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George Grizzard
as Tom Wicker
Andrew Duncan
as Lt. Driscoll
Roger E. Mosley
as Frank Green
Charles Durning
as Commissioner Russell Oswald
Henry Darrow
as Herman Badillo
Ron Foster
as Leon Clay
Joel Fabiani
as Senator Gordon Conners
Morgan Freeman
as Hap Richards
Arlen Dean Snyder
as Superintendant Vince Mancusi
Glynn E. Turman
as Raymond Franklin
Noble Lee Lester
as Bobby Seale
Paul Lieber
as Art Silver
Earl Rowe
as Captain Cowan
Maurice Woods
as Lumumba
Anthony Zerbe
as William Kunstler
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