LincM wrote:Cool Hand Luke would only just make it into my top ten.
And Shawshank would top my list.
And The Green Mile would possibly come a close second or third along with the Great Escape and American History X.
The flaw with both of the prison movies based on Stephen King short stories, the reason I can't put Shawshank redemption at the top, is the narration. I mean, I could listen to Morgan Freeman all day long, but the narration takes some of the wonder away.
And the Green Mile, as much as I enjoy the film, is too much a paint-by-numbers when it comes to the characters. But ultimately, it doesn't make my list because it's more about magic than it is about people. And once you introduce that element, well, it just muddies the message.
Cool Hand Luke and Papillon are both these great films about guys in prison who continually get beaten by the system. And yet, past the point where most men would accept their fate, they're never broken, they never give up. And I guess this is just my interpretation of what makes a movie a great Prison Movie.