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
A young man who is charged with child molestation is placed in New York City's infamous Tombs prison. When the other inmates in his cell block find out what he is charged with, life becomes extremely difficult for him.
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