Poll Suggestion: Favorite Prison Movies

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Which of these prison movies is your favorite?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls049012882/
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I guess there were several prison polls before, but my suggestion would be:
'Le trou' (1960)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054407/

I already know the winner of this run: 'Shawshank Redemption'. I would exclude it, but mention it in the intro. Else you will have a large bar on the top of the results, some smaller in the middle and maybe 2 or three zeros at the bottom of the results. Shawshank is to mighty, it will grab too many votes. Just my prediction. ;D
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'Le trou' (1960) added
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Poll Suggestion: The Best Prison Movies

What is the best prison movies?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls073192325/

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Le Trou
A Man Escaped
Tatar Ramazan
Starred Up
The Shawshank Redemption
Escape Plan
The Green Mile
Stalag 17
The Bridge on the River Kwai
A Prophet
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Shutter Island
Cool Hand Luke
The Great Escape
Hunger
The Wall
American History X
Escape from Alcatraz
Camp X-Ray
Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Birdman of Alcatraz
Brute Force
King of Devil's Island
Shot Caller
Down by Law
Cell 211
Papillon

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I agree with everyone that this has been done before. But every year a new film comes out that makes the idea of a poll about this subject renewable (for lack of a better term).
However, I would suggest to remove “The Great Escape” and “Stalag 17” because they are prisoner of war camp movies and there is a difference between the two movies. I think a movie about concentration camps like “Schindler’s List”, and “Empire Of The Sun” might be fine.
- I would suggest replacing the Adam Sandler “The Longest Yard” and use the older Bert Reynolds 1974 version which was higher rated.
If you want to take this into a different angle, sci fy prisons f the future, I believe “Minority Report”, “Demolition Man”, “Judge Dredd” , “The Chronicles Of Riddick” , and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” all have segments of a futuristic prison. And to stretch farther, “The Matrix”.
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I understand that from your point of view. But please let me tell you that the concentration camps run by Germany weren't prisons at all. They were simply one way facilities to death. From normal prisons a prisoner can be released by law. In German concentratation camps there was no way out. If the alied wouldn't have freed Germany from it's regime, all would have faced death without an exception. The camps were like a forecourt to death and oblivion. Even prisoners in war prisons can have hope to be released some times later. But the German plan was the final extermination of all jewish life and all "unworthy" life, which had a very flexible meaning. They've also put in homosexuals, Gypsys, people of  political opposition and all they considered as unworthy based on crude Nazi-sciences rules. One didn't have to break rules or the law to get interned into such a camp. There are criminals in any kind of moiety, but mostly all of the jews that were interned were innocent. So I wouldn't consider the concentration camps as war prisons, they were more like the forecourt of a slaughterhouse run by an insane regime.
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Understood. Thank you, Breumaster. It is always good to learn. No concentration camp movies on this list.
I was thinking about the science fiction movies with prison for a awhil after I had posted and was trying the save it for later because I have work to do now. But there was sentiment that you had posted, “One didn't have to break rules or the law to get interned into such a camp.” drew my mind right back to the subject. In “Minority Report”, people were getting arrested not for what they have done, but for what they may be thinking. Talk about thought police!
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I read that in G there was some Software tested to prevent crime. It's based on statistics of former burglaries and calculates the probabilities to get burglared pro place and pro time. So the police can be more present at that places and times. It's not the same like in the movie, but the same direction. I thinks it's the right way.

The scenario of 'Minority Report' reaches too far. It's not ok to be convicted for something one didn't do. But maybe the try should be convicted. So there could be lower sentences. That would be the moderate way. So to say:
"in flagranti ante supplicium"

Sorry for being so upper pedantic about concentration camps, but for most people in G the concentration camps are a big shame. I learned about it in school and was instantly ashamed about what happened in our country and all around Europe that time. I'm not guilty about what happened there, but I'm in charge to never forget.
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You don’t need to apologize. The shame went beyond the borders. All branches of my family were in America well before WW2. My father, who was of German and Irish decent, (my mother was all German), my father had started to claim he was all Irish and started to deny he was part German because shame from the news reaching the U.S.A. of what Hitler and the Nazis were doing. I told my father to stop doing that and start taking pride in all the good thinks Germans had brought to America and become ingrained our culture, besides beer, which is the most famous. For example: the covered wagon which is so much a part of the history of U.S.A.’s western expansion, and the Christmas (and Christmas tree ornaments too), some of the finest cars in the world, and a German piano builder Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later known as Henry E. Steinway of “Steinway and Sons” grand pianos).
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Yes. We better lean on the very positive things of our countrys before and after. :D
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FYC


Brubaker (1980)


Attica (1980) (TV Movie)


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Yes it was good. I have not seen it either since 1995.
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Fortress blew me away in the late 90's. A very well-paced sci-fi thriller with some interesting concepts.
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Added, thanks!
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If there was one more option, i would have suggested 'Lock Up', which was a pretty nasty prison movie with Sylvester Stallone and Donald Sutherland.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097770/

And there was anotherone called 'Tango and Cash'. But that wasn't realy good, even though it was popular for some time for action fans. It also was not really about prison. The prison thing was more for pushing a crude story.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098439/

I just linked it for remembering. ;)
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If there was one more option, i would have suggested 'Lock Up', which was a pretty nasty prison movie with Sylvester Stallone and Donald Sutherland.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097770/

And there was anotherone called 'Tango and Cash'. But that wasn't realy good, even though it was popular for some time for action fans. It also was not really about prison. The prison thing was more for pushing a crude story.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098439/

I just linked it for remembering. ;)
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Well, since you have predicted the winner, I might as well join in saying 'Shawshank Redemption'!