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Uniform Title Penitentiary (Motion picture : 1979)
Title Penitentiary Jamaa Fanaka Productions ; produced, written and directed by Jamaa Fanaka.

Imprint Santa Monica, CA : Distributed by Xenon Pictures, ©2006.


Location Call No. Status
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult DVD  DVD PENITENTIARY    Check Shelf
Edition Special ed.
Description 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; NTSC, restored.
Cast Leon Isaac Kennedy, Thommy Pollard, Badja Djola, Gloria Delaney, Hazel Spear, Donovan Womack.
Credits Director of photography, Marty Ollstein ; editor, Betsy Blankett ; music, Frankie Gaye, William Anderson and Andre Douglas.
Note Originally released as a motion picture in 1979.
Audience MPAA rating: R.
Summary Martel Gordone is a hitch-hiker who gets into a fight with a pair of bikers over a prostitute. One of the bikers dies and Martel finds himself in prison with the moniker "Too Sweet" because of his love for candy bars. Soon he is a hardened but pragmatic inmate who joins the prison boxing team in an effort to secure an early parole. But standing in his path is Half Dead Johnson, a member of the prison's most violent gang. Half Dead's sadistic cruelty and Too Sweet's raw determination culminate in a brutal and shocking climax.
Note Special features: original trailer; optional audio commentary from writer/director Jamaa Fanaka.
Subject Prisons -- Drama.
Male prisoners -- Drama.
Prison gangs -- Drama.
Boxing -- Drama.
Boxers (Sports) -- Drama.
African Americans -- Drama.
Genre/Form Feature films.
Feature films.
Prison films.
Sports films.
Blaxploitation films.
Added Author Fanaka, Jamaa, 1942-2012.
Kennedy, Leon Isaac.
Pollard, Thommy.
Djola, Badja.
Delaney, Gloria, 1947-
Spear, Hazel.
Womack, Donovan.
Gaye, Frankie, 1941-2001.
Jamaa Fanaka Productions (Firm)
Xenon Pictures.
Note Title on disc label: Jamaa Fanaka's penitentiary
ISBN 1597880795
Standard No. 000799436424
Music No. XE4364DVD Xenon Pictures
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