Short Eyes

1977

Action / Drama

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IMDb Rating 7.1 10 887

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Joe Pesci as Other Inmate
Mark Margolis as Mr. Morrison
Bruce Davison as Clark Davis
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Rodrigo Amaro 9 / 10

One of the best prison films ever made

One of the best prison movies out there to see, "Short Eyes" comes to present us a bitter and cold welcoming of a new unwanted prisoner in the hall: a child molester or as inmates call, a 'Short Eye'. The man in question is Clark Davis (played by Bruce Davison), an educated man, and totally opposite background of the majority present in that prison, arrested for child abuse, stranded in a place where he has no possible chance of making 'friends', and not even the chief guard likes him, promising to make hell of his life in there. Frightened and constantly persecuted by the other prisoners, he only has the chance to share some of his thoughts with Juan (José Pérez), who tries his best to believe that the man is innocent, becoming a confident to his stories that doesn't seem to make the other an innocent person. Tension is built up when a group of prisoners decide to get rid of Clark, then....be ready for the suspense!

It's very surprising to see a theme like this being dealt in a film, presenting a tough reality in a very realistic way despite a few strange things here and there. But I gotta say that it was a little difficult to really enter in the mood of this film after seeing prisoners (one of them played by singer Curtis Mayfield, who makes the good soundtrack) doing musical numbers at the beginning, all of them happy to be there in jail; it was a little difficult to take it seriously during the first minutes. But then when Clark shows up, the movie starts to develop really well. And his character is actually more like a supporting character, the others are really the main characters and we're allowed to see their intrigues, their fight for things, for power, and their desire for Cupcakes (Tito Goya), the youngest of the prisoners. It's a well adapted play, dramatically involving, very thrilling and with lots of surprises. Must be noticed the memorable performances of the casting, with an outstanding acting coming from the always excellent Bruce Davison, who exclusively plays in other films the guy you'll always like and here, somehow you'll like him as well despite what the character represents. In real life we wouldn't feel any kind of sympathy for a man like his character.

I was unaware of this film until a little research (can't remember of what or who) that brought me to a poster with an appealing tag line, the famous 'Jesus help me, cause men won't do' (present in a dialog between Clark and Juan); after that I had to watch it and liked a lot. Might not be a "Shawshank Redemption" but it's a good film as well. One of the forgotten classics of the 1970's that deserves some appreciation. 9/10

Reviewed by moonspinner55 4 / 10

Acclaimed prison drama by a writer whose done the time...still rather loathsome as an entertainment

Miguel Piñero adapted his own play (and co-stars as Go-Go) in this no-nonsense examination of life behind bars in a racially-heated men's jail. The prisoners segregate themselves by race, insulting each other with slurs which quickly lead to thrown punches, and yet this racial pride is really the most we learn about any of them. Bruce Davison stirs things up as the new inmate, one of only three white men in the cell-block, who admits to having a fixation on little girls; he can't remember if he molested a recent accuser or not, but quickly becomes the target of the other inmates' rage. Davison's monologues about a lifelong predilection for jailbait don't quite contain the honest ring of truth, yet are still terribly difficult to listen to, as is most of the dialogue. The scenario is commendably not exploitative--and is blessedly free of being sexually or violently explicit--though the threat of rape hangs in the air, possibly meant as a scare tactic for younger viewers. Still, Piñero's narrative is loftier than your average cautionary tale, and the film--although far from incisive--is a hard-hitting portrait of jailhouse life. ** from ****

Reviewed by Steve Skafte 10 / 10

Your fear of this place stole your spirit. And this ain't no pawn shop.

When something feels so real, true to its life in all respects, you get let in and buried beneath its weight. "Short Eyes" is a film that takes straight reality, fills it with characters and words of full realization, and takes you down the corridor of a 1 hour, 39 minute hell. Miguel Pinero wrote a script from a world he knew well, words and people from the dark side of America. No one but a former prisoner could have reflected things so pure and so ugly. Robert M. Young as director sets the scene and understands what the story needs. He lets it happen with the freedom begged for.

I could say a lot more, I suppose, but every event hinges on those surrounding it, so to say much is perhaps having to say all. It's a flat painful experience, leaving you with the title character, played by Bruce Davison. Regardless of who you are or what your sin may be, this character is meant to be you. Watch him, feel his hurt, live his guilt, and he might just reflect a little bit of you back. This is not an easy thing.

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