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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Casts

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

Crew

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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  • Murder in the First, a masterfully paced balance of tricky whodunit and character development, seems to have benefited from both Bochco's hits and the misses, as well as the cable-led experimentation with shorter seasons.

  • Murder in the First follows homicide detectives Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) as they investigate two seemingly unrelated murders. The mystery deepens, however, when they find both murders have a common denominator in a Silicon Valley wunderkind (Tom Felton).

  • Murder in The First is a courtroom drama based upon the true story of a man who was transformed into a murderer on the brink of insanity by his merciless treatment at the hands of the American penal system in the infamous state prison.

  • After three years and two months, Young was taken out of solitary confinement and put with the rest of the prisoners. Almost immediately, Young took a spoon and stabbed a fellow prisoner in the neck, killing him. Now, Young is on trial for murder, and if he's convicted he'll go to the gas chamber.

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  • Review of Murder in the First (1995) By James Berardinelli (8,075) for ReelViews (8,075) on 01 Jan 2000 Regardless of how this version raises the hackles of Alcatraz aficionados, Marc Rocco's movie is a solid and affecting example of film making…

  • “Murder in the First" takes place in two worlds. One is cold, gray and artificially lit. The other is as warm as a cedar's dream, all sunlight and furniture polish, brass and tweed.

  • Loosely based on fact, MURDER IN THE FIRST centers on Henri Young (Kevin Bacon), a petty criminal who tries to escape from Alcatraz in 1928. As punishment he is placed in solitary confinement for over three years.

  • Created by Steven Bochco, Eric Lodal. With Taye Diggs, Kathleen Robertson, Ian Anthony Dale, Raphael Sbarge. A single murder case is dissected from the committing of the crime through to the investigation, arrest and trial.

  • The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes currently reports a 73% "certified fresh" critics rating with an average rating of 6.8/10 based on 22 reviews. The website consensus reads: " Murder in the First fits happily into the over-arcing [ sic ] season-long murder mystery mold, offering pleasurably typical twists and natural, attention-grabbing characters".