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Survivors Guide to Prison

Survivors Guide to Prison is a movie starring Patricia Arquette, Jesse Williams, and Susan Sarandon. Today, you're more likely to go to prison in the United States than anywhere else in the world. So in the unfortunate case it...

Other Titles
Sopravvivere in carcere, Survivors Guide To Prison, Poradnik, jak przetrwać więzienie
Running Time
1 hours 42 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Matthew Cooke
Matthew Cooke
Jesse Williams, Susan Sarandon, Danny Trejo, Patricia Arquette
Audio Languages
اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
اللغة_العربية, 日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Following the stories of Bruce Lisker and Reggie Cole who spent year after year in prison for murders they didn't commit - audiences get a harrowing look at how barbaric the US justice system is. The film ultimately asks how we can survive the prison model at all, and looks at better solutions for conflict resolution, harm reduction, crime and more. Hosted by filmmaker Matthew Cooke and guest hosting representatives from the massive range of Americans joining forces to change this broken system.

Comments about documentary «Survivors Guide to Prison» (23)

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Ann Gutierrez

Milton, but not as he used to be. Watch this documentary, see what the former Rearden is like as a man, and also see what he was like as a man in the 1980s. His dialogue and speech patterns, especially his delivery of the profanity he used in his official pronouncements, had nothing in common with the man we once knew. He was an ill-tempered, immature, insecure, self-centered man who was trapped by his own self-esteem and personal sense of entitlement. It's no wonder so many were willing to leave Rearden alive in the desert. He would have been executed for the crime of desertion, but he was never put on trial and his case was not even heard in the U.S. for a long time after his death. This documentary, one of the best of its kind, is the result of several years of research and experience, and there's no need to guess about what it would have been like to meet the man who would eventually become one of our most famous, and infamous, prisoners.

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Justin F.

I can't tell you how impressed I am by the photography of the prison in which this documentary was made. It is so spot on in capturing the sights and sounds of what it was like to be incarcerated in such a place. The director did a great job of getting the whole story and presenting it in a way that is easier to understand for those who have not yet been incarcerated. I would recommend this movie to anyone who would like to see a documentary that is based on real events.

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Joe M.

When I first heard about this film, I had zero expectations, but after watching it, I was pleasantly surprised. It's not a documentary, but an autobiography of one of the inmates. I like that it was a true story. Prison is not a nice place, and it's hard to be completely honest. But, the film is not about a typical guy who just didn't want to get out, but about a man who was, at first, very negative, but gradually found his way back to a positive mindset. It's very good to see that the film makers were able to show this, instead of being simply biased towards the guards. I personally think the only thing that I didn't like about the film is the fact that the main character was talking to his girlfriend about his life in prison, and I didn't find that very interesting. It wasn't a huge problem, but I don't think it is important for the story to be told, unless you're a hardcore prisoner fan. I think the movie was very entertaining, and you'll enjoy the film more if you're familiar with the life of this guy. It's a bit too long, but it's not too slow either. I really liked it.

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Mildred Santos

It's hard to think of a better documentary than "Survivors Guide to Prison." Director Ben Curtis made a huge impact with "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," which shows the true horror and suffering that happens when people are left to their own devices when confronted with someone who will kill and maim them. He put the same amount of emotion into this documentary, which shows the horrors of what happens when people are locked up in cages for years at a time. There are many accounts from survivors of this phenomenon, many of which are just as harrowing as the others. This documentary follows three men and a woman who, like most of the others, were not told the reason for their incarceration, and ended up in this institution. The three are Jesse, as a man, who is plagued by an inability to have sex, Dustin, who is an autistic man, and John, a mentally disabled man. They are all captives in a place that seems to be out of control, but where people are treated as animals. The footage is really good, as the story is incredibly compelling. But I would have liked to see more information about what goes on behind the doors of these prisons, and especially the care they are given. I do recommend this film to any one who enjoys documentaries about the horrors of prisons. Overall, this documentary is worth watching, but I do think it would have been better with more information.

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This is a very interesting documentary that delves into a real life story of a group of kids who are having a difficult time adapting to prison life. They have a rough childhood but it is made worse by the nature of the prison. The young people in the documentary were all criminals and all of them have problems with their parents. However, the parents of all of these children are excellent and they really care for their children. The father of one of the kids is so loving and kind that I was amazed. The father was an alcoholic and at one time was convicted of manslaughter. He was released in his early 30s but has a bad attitude and has problems with his kids. The mom of the kids is also an alcoholic and she doesn't take care of her children. However, the kids who are dealing with all these problems and they don't see a lot of affection from their parents. So, this documentary is really interesting because it shows the high pressure prison life, the drug problems, and the families of the kids. Also, the kids who are dealing with their problems are given a lot of love and they really care for their kids.

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This is a really interesting documentary about some of the inmates at the maximum security prison known as "The Hole". All of them were sentenced to life in prison with a chance of parole in twenty years. Many of them have been here for decades. Many of them are on death row. Many are in a mental health facility, and some are simply in prison for petty drug charges. Many of them had horrible childhoods and not much hope. Some of them are all too old to care about the future and their families, and they have nothing to live for. But they do not deserve to be locked up. Most of them have had horrible childhoods. They are not bad people, just the way they were raised. They are people who should not be locked up. This is a really good film, well worth seeing. The only problem is that they have to keep explaining the case to the cameras so you can follow the story. It is really a fascinating and emotional story. It is interesting to see how they are now. I think this is a documentary worth seeing.

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It is quite amazing how many people have given up on this show, and I would just like to say that I can't imagine that a show like this could be good. In my opinion, this movie would have been better if it had a point to it. It has a certain charm about it, and some of the people who are interviewed are funny, but the part about the cafeteria food and the guards being very paranoid about a pack of wolves is really weird. Maybe they are paranoid, but why would they be so paranoid? I don't see how anyone could be paranoid about a pack of wolves. I would like to know what the point of this movie is, and I don't think I'll ever know.

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This is a pretty good documentary on the work of the late movie critic Roger Ebert. I know Ebert and I know him. He has a wonderful sense of humor about movies and his reviews, and I admire his work as much as I admire his philosophy. One of his many good qualities is his sense of humor. I was surprised at how much of the film he took himself, as a whole, seriously, while he was still alive. One of the things he said that made me laugh out loud was how he liked to discuss how funny the movie "Moulin Rouge" was. I thought the whole movie was funny, but there was one scene where he said that the movie was so bad that it was a masterpiece. I couldn't believe he said that. If he said that as a joke, I don't think anyone would have believed him. It's the kind of thing that makes you think, if he really said that, why did he say it? The film is a little rough around the edges, and at times it's a little hard to follow. The plot is a little clunky, and the characters are a little hard to relate to. Still, it's a lot of fun watching the film, especially the scenes where Ebert's friends are around to talk about movies, which are a little strange, and a little hard to follow. It's not a great documentary, but it's a very entertaining one.

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Jacob G.

A must see documentary. My only regret was that I was able to see it at home with the family. I am not usually one for watching documentaries, but this one is not to be missed. It is hard to believe that all the young people who escaped from the island are now able to serve as officers of the guard in the American military. It is sad to see the torture, but they are all getting the justice they deserve. I am not surprised that they are working in the military as they have seen this happen over and over again. This film is truly inspirational. It will change the way you think about prison, but I think that all young people should see it and know that they can leave any prison to serve in the military and get the justice that they deserve. I strongly recommend this documentary to anyone who is looking to be educated about the current history of prison and what happened to the young people who escaped. The film really does a good job of putting the young people's stories into context and explaining why they are trying to escape.

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Sean Smith

This film is worth seeing for the actual footage of the military hospitals in Iraq. Not as good as I would have liked, but still a great addition to the movie collection. It's a good thing this film was being shown at the documentary film festival, otherwise this film would have been ignored. If you're a military veteran and have not been through any of the trauma that these soldiers have been through, this film is for you. You'll find yourself asking questions that are going to stick with you after you see it. Overall, it's a great film to watch. 7/10

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Judith H.

The documentary that brought together several dozen veterans and family members of Vietnam to discuss the war, its aftermath, and its legacy. This was done at a time when the Vietnam War was well-known, and when the war itself had been fought over. I felt this documentary did a pretty good job at explaining the war and the impact it had on the people. I found it interesting to see how many veterans of the war were still living, even though they had been fighting for their country for a very long time. I also found it interesting to see how many people had struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder. Some people had tried to go back and had a hard time at the time, but their mental state was much better now. I also liked the interviews with the individuals that were soldiers who had been discharged due to PTSD. I thought that these veterans did a good job of telling the stories of how their lives had changed and how their recovery had been affected by their experiences in the war. I think that this documentary was a good attempt to take a look at the war and its aftermath, as well as tell the stories of veterans that went through it.

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Cynthia B.

I went into this film with low expectations. I didn't want to see the director's films and I didn't want to see the same guy who did "The Royal Tenenbaums" for the first time. I went into this film with low expectations, but it turned out to be a great movie. This is definitely a film for the people who like to complain about how horrible prison is. As a survivor of prison and a father myself, I found the movie to be very realistic. My father and I sat through the entire movie with tears in our eyes. When I saw how real it was, I started to cry and when I was done crying, I wanted to come out and tell people what a great film it was. If you want to see a film that shows prison life from a different perspective, this is the film to see.

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Mark Hill

I know a lot of people have left comments saying "it is depressing to see how people are treated in prison". That is why I am glad that this film is out there, there is still hope in America that people will be able to choose for themselves and not have to be put into a system that is unjust and even the treatment they receive in prison is just as bad as what the prison guards receive. I think that the main purpose of this film is to make people aware that people should not get to a point where they would think that it is okay to do what they do to other people. I feel that it is very important that people see this film. I hope that it will raise awareness of the crimes committed by some of the guards that have been in prison for long periods of time.

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Joseph M.

This movie is set in a hospital, where a bunch of inmates have their eyes wired up and now they are in charge of the facility. Now this movie is like an inmate movie, in that you have to sit through a lot of what they do, and to watch them being mean and talking trash. Now I don't think that they really have a good reason to be mean to the other inmates, so I don't know what they are trying to say with this. But I like how they have this gory way of showing the inmates being brutalized, and also to show how they like to tease them and try to get them to give them a nickname. Like "The Playmate", or "The Erotic Escort". Now I don't like how the inmates like to be called "The Castrato" or "The Colorectal" or something like that, because it just looks stupid. Anyway I thought this movie was pretty good, but it just seemed a bit low-budget, and I wish there was a lot more gore. Overall I liked this movie, but it's not the best I've ever seen. It's pretty good though.

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Yes, I know that this documentary is pretty self-serving. And yes, there is not a single thing that I would change. But it is a beautiful film, with an honest and painful story to tell. It is worth seeing, especially if you have children in prison.

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Roger Ryan

One of the best and most important film to come out this year. An epic tale about life after prison and the lives of those left behind. I watched this film with no preconceived notions about it, other than it was about drugs. Now, if you are looking for a film to watch because you want to learn about the story of life after prison, this is a film you have to watch. It is about many different subjects, and it covers many different perspectives. But the most important point is the one which is never mentioned. The fact that the films does not look at the effects of drugs on the individual, but rather the effect on the society and how society reacts to these problems. The film does not look at the effects of drugs on the individual, but rather the effect on the society and how society reacts to these problems. This is not the most politically correct film to watch, but it is a very important film and I hope everyone else will watch it. Great movie, and definitely worth watching.

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Jane S.

This is a great documentary, so much in depth. The people interviewed are great. They are genuine. I had the chance to interview many of the people, and they were all great. Some of the best interviews have been with people who are on death row and their families. It's really fascinating. I was really impressed. I think it is very informative. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of prison documentaries. It is really well done.

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Ralph S.

This is a documentary which is the most accurate depiction of the experiences of the "7th day of hell". The interviewees are mostly teenage males who have been or are in the process of going through the 7th day of hell. The majority of the survivors interviewed were from the 50s, 60s and 70s. It's a lot like a Lifetime film "Tough Love". Basically it's a pretty safe movie. No surprises, no drama, nothing too out of this world. It just shows the typical teenage experiences of the time. It's quite sad. I'm not really into prison stuff and this film doesn't really show it in the best light. However, I did find the subjects interesting and I was glad to learn about them. It's an interesting film and worth seeing for those who enjoy prison stuff.

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Lisa Weaver

This is one of those documentaries that I had heard about but never had the time to watch. After reading the synopsis, I had no idea what to expect and I was definitely expecting a lecture-like style of documentary, but was pleasantly surprised. It's a real eye-opener about the changes that are happening in the prison system. It talks about the lives of the inmates and the life that they lead as the inmates are trapped in a very dangerous environment, and no matter what they do, the prison staff and guards are constantly trying to "get" them. I felt like they captured some very interesting elements of the prison life. I was also surprised to see some things that I had never heard of in the past, like female inmate dances and how "crazy" they are. Overall, I really enjoyed this documentary, it is an interesting look at the prison life and there is definitely a message of hope and peace in it.

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Matthew Guzman

I had the pleasure of being interviewed for this documentary. I was amazed at how much knowledge I was able to acquire about the criminal justice system from it's youth to its rehabilitation. I was also able to gain insights into the process of law enforcement in a city such as New York. The documentary is well written and edited. The interviewer, who was a juvenile detention officer at the time of the interview, was able to give a very accurate and humorous analysis of the juvenile detention system. I also learned a lot about what makes up a juvenile detention facility from the perspective of a former youth offender. The director, who also interviewed former juvenile detention officers at the time of the interview, was able to explain how the juvenile detention system functions. The director was also able to explain how the juvenile detention system was designed to be a shelter for the delinquent youth. As an attorney, I was able to learn a lot from the director about the process of a juvenile detention officer's arrest, prosecution, and defense. This was a very entertaining documentary that helped me to learn more about the juvenile detention system. It is a must see for anyone interested in the criminal justice system. I think it is a great documentary for anyone who has ever had the pleasure of serving in the juvenile detention system. The documentary would be a great investment for anyone interested in the juvenile detention system.

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James G.

I went to see this at the New York Film Festival. I found it to be very well done and thought it was very accurate in the portrayal of life in prison. There are many conversations that will resonate with anyone who has ever had a significant experience. While I found myself laughing out loud at some parts of the film, I have seen many other films that have a similar plot. I have seen many films that portray the lives of people who are incarcerated. This film, however, is a little different. The characters are more relatable than other films that I have seen. Overall, I thought it was a good film, and I would recommend it to anyone who has ever been in prison or who has any sort of criminal history.

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It's the kind of documentary I love to watch. Lots of interviews, insights, interesting history, and a general sense of justice. It's entertaining, fascinating, and touching. I can't think of a single problem with this film. The story is good. There's no controversy or bias in the story, just an honest story. I really loved the film and I think it's the perfect movie to watch for a change. It may not be as riveting as the Oscar winning films, but it's still a great movie to watch.

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The movie focuses on inmates, rather than being a documentary, it is a movie. However the prison is a powerful story, and no doubt, the stories of those who are here are very real. It is not, however, as raw as some would have you believe. The movie is not made in a way to make you think, but it does have some good points in it. First, the reason to be here. It seems to me that these men are all prisoners who are in there for a reason. They are not in there for something that is not justified. I think this movie, and other films like it, can teach the same. Secondly, the movie is not really about them, it is about their families and their loved ones. Many of the families are lost, some have died, others have been separated. It is quite sad, but it is understandable. We see the faces of the families, and we understand that they are all lost. However, it is not necessary to know what is going on in their lives, because we see the people as they are, with their dignity, their fear, their passion, their sense of survival. This movie is very interesting. I enjoyed it very much, and I will watch it again.