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Riot in Cell Block 11

Instrueret af Don Siegel
USA, 1954
Drama, Film noir


Neville Brand plays a “lifer” who leads his fellow prisoners in revolt. Surprisingly, they don’t want to escape — they just want better living conditions. The parallels between this fictional story and the much-later convict uprising at Attica is underlined when Brand begins manipulating the media.

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Riot in Cell Block 11 Instrueret af Don Siegel

Priser & festivaler

BAFTA Awards

1955 | 2 nomineringer inklusiv: Best Film from any Source

Directors Guild of America

1955 | Kandidat: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

The tension between dignity and violence is amplified by Siegel’s camera. Cell Block’s authentic locations and use of real prisoners give a sense of character to every shot, especially in the mass-scale photography that displays a wobbly group dynamic between Neville Brand’s leader and those secretly dissenting — often for comic effect
June 09, 2014
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The reformist argument articulated in the movie by the warden (Emile Meyer) is Wanger’s, and the sense of desperate prisoners organizing to improve their conditions may have come from Collins, but the anarchic euphoria of the revolt is pure Siegel. “Riot” was the movie that gave this great action director the first of his many anti-heroes in the person of the uprising’s architect, played by the gravel-voiced Neville Brand, a menacing swaggerer who muscles his way through every scene.
May 22, 2014
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Matching the film’s hard-knuckle characterizations, Siegel’s style is a blunt object of expression with an integrity all its own. Framing much of the action in long shots, a seemingly antithetical approach to hands-on action choreography, Siegel and cinematographer Russell Harlan manage to make such removed perspectives feel appropriately inclusive, echoing the democratic empathy granted to each faction of the conflict.
April 24, 2014
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