Murder in the First | Full Movie

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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Globe and Mail
Rick Groen
Rotten

The figures are right, the investment looks good, but the emotional pay-off is minimal.

June 17, 2017
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers
Fresh

More than likely you will forgive the compromises -- the story of Henri Young needed to be told.

June 16, 2017
The New Republic
Stanley Kauffmann
Fresh

It's a struggle for Bacon -- and I'm not doubting the facts of the matter -- because the part is s...

June 16, 2017
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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.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Period Piece
  • Release Date:January 20, 1995
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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