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Murder in the First

Murder in the First
Murder in the First
Murder in the First
  • R
  • 2h 3m
  • 1995
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Featuring an all-star cast of Christian Slater, Gary Oldman, William H. Macy, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Kevin Bacon (who was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award), this drama is based on the true story of Henri Young, a petty criminal who, within hours of his release from a three-year stint in solitary confinement, murders the man he believes responsible for his horrifying ordeal. After Young is transferred from Alcatraz to the San Francisco city jail, his defense is undertaken by James Stamphill, an idealistic and privileged young lawyer who is determined to reveal the brutality of his client's imprisonment.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Despite a strong cast and story inspired by incredible real-life events, Murder in the First is strictly second rate.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Moving story of justice but too intense for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this prison drama contains extremely graphic scenes of torture and some nudity. The scenes of suffering are very disturbing, and are most definitely inappropriate for kids and young teens.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:January 20, 1995
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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