On The Yard

  • 1978
  • Movie
  • R
  • Prison

An effective attempt to realistically portray prison life, ON THE YARD focuses on four inmates, with Waites portraying the acknowledged leader of the prisoners. Heard is a convicted wife murderer, Kellin is a habitual criminal who has spent more time in jail than out, and Grifasi is Waites's errand boy. The film offers revealing portraits of the leads and...read more

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An effective attempt to realistically portray prison life, ON THE YARD focuses on four inmates, with Waites portraying the acknowledged leader of the prisoners. Heard is a convicted wife murderer, Kellin is a habitual criminal who has spent more time in jail than out, and Grifasi is

Waites's errand boy. The film offers revealing portraits of the leads and succeeds in providing a compelling examination of the relationships and how they are shaped by the prison environment. Veteran actor Kellin is memorable as the con who can't con the parole board into granting him an early

release. The rest of the cast is made up of unknowns, though Remar would go on to fill villainous roles splendidly in 48 HOURS (1982) and THE COTTON CLUB (1984). Braly had done a good job of adapting his critically acclaimed novel for the screen, and the husband-and-wife team of the Silvers has

competently evoked the prison atmosphere. The couple traded hats on this project--previously Raphael served as producer and Joan as director on HESTER STREET (1975) and BETWEEN THE LINES (1977).

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  • Released: 1978
  • Rating: R
  • Review: An effective attempt to realistically portray prison life, ON THE YARD focuses on four inmates, with Waites portraying the acknowledged leader of the prisoners. Heard is a convicted wife murderer, Kellin is a habitual criminal who has spent more time in ja… (more)

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