Riot (1969 film)
|Directed by||Buzz Kulik|
|Produced by||William Castle|
|Written by||James Poe|
Gerald S. O'Loughlin
|Music by||Krzysztof Komeda|
|Cinematography||Robert B. Hauser|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$1.3 million (US/ Canada rentals)|
While the warden (real-life warden Frank A. Eyman) of a state prison is away, the isolation block erupts and 35 of the most violent criminals (led by Gene Hackman) stage a riot and take over their portion of the prison. Cully Briston (Jim Brown), in for five years and awaiting his eventual parole, wants no part of the riot. He impulsively gets involved, defending a prison guard and protecting him from the maniacs in the block.
In addition to using real-life warden Frank A. Eyman, the production utilized a number of real-life prisoners as extras.
The film was partially shot at the Yuma Territorial Prison.
The film was sub-licensed to Olive Films by Paramount and released on DVD by in 2010.
- "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, 7 January 1970 p 15