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33 Ratings

Short Eyes

Directed by Robert M. Young
United States, 1977


After being convicted of molesting a child, Clark Davis (Bruce Davison) is shipped off to the Manhattan House of Detention. There, he quickly discovers where he falls in the hierarchy of prison life and finds that molesters are at the bottom of the proverbial barrel.

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Short Eyes Directed by Robert M. Young

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  • mpho3's rating of the film Short Eyes

    I can only imagine how dehumanizing prison is, but one is often hard pressed to sympathize with the accused. In Short Eyes, Clark's confession forces Juan (and the movie audience) to judge Clark. Whether we find him sick and in need of help, pathetic or evil, the rest of the movie makes us confront what that judgement does to our own humanity as we decide what he deserves and who's qualified to mete it out.

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