Murder in the First  

The trial that brought down Alcatraz

Murder in the First (1995)

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Inspired by a true story. A petty criminal sent to Alcatraz in the 1930s is caught attempting to make an escape. As punishment he is put in solitary confinement. The maximum stay is supposed to be 19 days, but Henri spends years alone, cold and in complete darkness, only to emerge a madman and soon to be a murderer. The story follows a rookie lawyer attempting to prove that Alcatraz was to blame.

Director: Marc Rocco
Writer: Dan Gordon

Release Date: 1995-01-20
Status: Released
Run time: 122 min / 2:2
Revenue: $17,381,942
Production Companies : Wolper Organization, Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Countries: France, United States of America
Release Date: 1995-01-20
Status: Released
Run time: 122 min / 2:2
Revenue: $17,381,942

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Christian Slater
as James Stamphill
Kevin Bacon
as Henri Young
Gary Oldman
as Glenn
Embeth Davidtz
as Mary McCasslin
William H. Macy
as Bill McNeill
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Mr. Henkin
Brad Dourif
as Byron Stamphill
Kyra Sedgwick
as Blanche
Mia Kirshner
as Rosetta Young


Directing Marc Rocco Director
Writing Dan Gordon Screenplay
Sound Christopher Young Music
Camera Fred Murphy Director of Photography
Editing Russell Livingstone Editor

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