Riot in Cell Block 11

Riot in Cell Block 11

Don Siegel (1954)

bbfc_rating|ages_15_and_over Certificate


Our Score
Don Siegel emerged as more than just a Hollywood journeyman director with this hard-hitting, realistic prison picture, which presents a credible account of both the riot and the conditions that caused it. Warden, Emile Meyer, could be accused of being overly sympathetic to the inmates' demands and Frank Faylen is far too dogmatic as an uncompromising senator. But, otherwise the characters ring true, with Neville Brand's ringleader-turned-scapegoat particularly well realised. Russell Harlan's brooding photography heightens both the tension and the realism, and this remains a powerful indictment of the dehumanising effects of the penal system.


Convicts stage an uprising in protest at their terrible living conditions and the brutality of the guards, and manage to take hostage several of the wardens. However, efforts to bring the crisis to an end are disrupted by interference from politicians on the outside and infighting among the prisoners. Prison drama, starring Neville Brand, Emile Meyer, Frank Faylen and Leo Gordon.

Cast & Crew

Dunn Neville Brand
Warden Emile Meyer
Haskell Frank Faylen
Carnie Leo Gordon
Colonel Robert Osterloh
Monroe Paul Frees
Reporter Don Keefer
Gator Alvy Moore
Schuyler Dabbs Greer
Snader Whit Bissell
Acton James Anderson (2)
Director Don Siegel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: video