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Convicts 4 (1962)

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105 min | Biography, Drama

A semi-fictionalized version of John Resko's incarceration is presented. John is on death row at Sing Sing for murder. In December 1930, he killed a toy store shopkeeper over a teddy bear he wanted to get as a Christmas present for his two...See moreA semi-fictionalized version of John Resko's incarceration is presented. John is on death row at Sing Sing for murder. In December 1930, he killed a toy store shopkeeper over a teddy bear he wanted to get as a Christmas present for his two year old daughter, Cathy, but for which he could not pay. Twenty minutes before John's scheduled execution, he is given a reprieve, his sentence commuted to life, and he transferred to Dannemora. He initially has a difficult time adjusting to life at Dannemora, from the uncaring direction of the prison administration including they not dealing with the issue of bed bugs, to altercations with fellow prisoners who seem to want their two pounds of literal and figurative flesh from John, to news that he receives from the outside about goings-on within his family. However, he does eventually befriend many of his fellow prisoners, especially Nick, Iggy and Wino. John dreams of escaping from Dannemora, so that he can be at least an economically generating father for Cathy, even if she may not want to resume a life with him. But one of the principals at the prison may have a way to get prisoners like John out of the system, by giving them creative outlets to show parole boards what is in their innermost thoughts. He wants to nurture what seems to be John's artistic abilities. Although John initially balks at the idea of art as an outlet, he does eventually get a passion for it, which leads to an outcome not expected by either the principal or John. Written by Huggo See less
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Millard Kaufman (screenplay) | John Resko (autobiography "Reprieve")
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Joseph F. Biroc (as Joseph Biroc)
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Updated Sep 15, 1962

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Sep 15, 1962 (United States)

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Ben Gazzara
John Resko John Resko   See fewer
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Stuart Whitman
Principal Keeper Principal Keeper   See fewer
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Vincent Price
Carl Carmer Carl Carmer   See fewer
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Rod Steiger
Tiptoes Tiptoes   See fewer
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Dodie Stevens
Resko's Sister Resko's Sister   See fewer
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Jack Kruschen
Resko's Father Resko's Father   See fewer
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Naomi Stevens
Resko's Mother Resko's Mother   See fewer
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Robert H. Harris
Commissioner Commissioner   See fewer
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Carmen Phillips
Connie Resko Connie Resko   See fewer
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Myron Healey
Gunther Gunther   See fewer
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Lee Krieger
Stanley Stanley   See fewer
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Josip Elic
Vic the Barber Vic the Barber   See fewer
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Arthur Malet
Storekeeper Storekeeper   See fewer
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Susan Silo
Cathy (as an adult) Cathy (as an adult)   See fewer
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Tom Gilson
Lefty Lefty   See fewer
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Warren J. Kemmerling
Guard (as Warren Kemmerling) Guard (as Warren Kemmerling)   See fewer
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Andy Albin
Inmate Inmate   See fewer
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John Close
Guard Guard   See fewer
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John Dennis
Cell Block Guard Cell Block Guard   See fewer
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Burt Lange
Gallery Man Gallery Man   See fewer
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Vincent Barbi
Big Painter (uncredited) Big Painter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peter Besbas
Sculptor (uncredited) Sculptor (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Dierkes
Cell Block Guard (uncredited) Cell Block Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bobby Gilbert
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Sid Kane
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Lenny Kent
Painter (uncredited) Painter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Johnny Kern
Convict (uncredited) Convict (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ernesto Molinari
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Norman Nazarr
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Norman Stevans
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Robert Swimmer
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Robert White
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6.6 / 10 | 312 votes