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April 2003 , Page 49 

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Reviews in Review

By Ellen S. Podgor

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Prison life — movies

Melvin Gutterman
Failure to Communicate: The Reel Prison Experience
55 Southern Methodist University Law Review 1515 (2002)

How does Hollywood depict prison life? After all, this is what the juries see, and the background from which they enter the courtroom. Professor Melvin Gutterman explores “Hollywood’s image of convict life in three very different prison settings: the Big House, the Prison Farm, and the Chain Gang.” He asks what he terms “the central question: do prison movies (even the most graphic ones) capture the truth; have they accurately portrayed prison life?” The movies that serve as the focus of this article are “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Cool Hand Luke,” and “Brubaker.” He examines these films from a historical setting and a real setting. This piece is a fun read. 


Burt W. Griffin & Lewis R. Katz
Sentencing Consistency: Basic Principles Instead of Numerical Grids: The Ohio Plan
53 Case Western Reserve Law Review 1 (2
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