When the new warden comes in disguised as an inmate, he sees firsthand all the corruption and scams the guards and prison officials are running. When he reveals himself and starts to implement reforms to stop the corruption, the local business community, who had been benefiting from the scams, fights back, and the corrupt prison system starts making political trouble for the new warden
Excellent film rendition of the Thomas Merton story
If you happen to live in the Deep South where prison farms have used convicts as virtual slave labor for years, you can appreciate the story
as well as the attitudes of the government and local officials who are portrayed. If you are not from that kind of background, then it is a revelation for you.
This film is a portrayal of the attempt at prison reform in Arkansas undertaken by Thomas Murton. In the process Murton discovered untold corruption and evidence of multiple murders by previous prison administrations. When he attempted to bring this to light he was threatened with charges of grave robbery.
I would heartily recommend this film. It is one of a kind.
Slowed down a bit in the middle but picks up towards the end.
I thought it was a great movie then & after watching it again in 2012 still think it is awesome. Redford is great. Keith is great. Morgan Freeman is great. Well acted by all.
I don’t comment on movies much because all I have to really say is – I like it.