My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Fortune And Men’s Eyes

BB.5

(out of 5)


Tacky adaptation of John Herbert’s play takes place inside a prison, where a young, inexperienced convict arrives for a six-month sentence and is introduced to the world of inmate politics. His fellow cell mates include a drag-queen, a Shakespeare enthusiast and a mostly wordless lug, all of whom encourage him to find a ‘protector’ or else face the dire consequences of the prison’s violence. While it’s nice to see subject matter that dares to colour outside the lines of what we’re used to, there’s no denying that this film is far more interested in exploiting its characters than actually sympathizing with them. The result is a very bad taste left in your mouth, and not just because of the story’s grim themes.


Cinemex, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Canada/USA, 1971

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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