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
R. Lee Ermey
as Judge Clawson

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. The plot involves a man named Henri Young ( Kevin Bacon) who has been cruelly treated by the California prison system, and a lawyer named James Stampill (Christian Slater) who is appointed to defend him.

  • Audience Reviews for Murder in the First. Gary Oldman and William H. Macy are also good, but they have such small roles that they don't really affect my feelings toward the movie. Murder in the First is the true story of Henri Young, a man who was convicted of stealing $5 and sent to Alcatraz.

  • 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. Upon his release, he murders a fellow prisoner. His guilt is indisputable, but his lawyer (Christian Slater)...

  • 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). -- (C) TNT. Creators: Steven Bochco, Eric Lodal.

  • I am really enjoying the new TNT show Murder in the First and can't believe the negative reviews. It's well written, suspenseful, has complex multi-layered characters and is perfectly cast.

  • Created by Emmy-winning writer/producer Steven Bochco and newcomer Eric Lodal, MURDER IN THE FIRST is a police procedural set in San Francisco that each season tackles a different complex murder case.