Attica Poster

Release Date: 1980

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary
In 1971, prisoners at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York, rebel against the institution and demand higher living standards by taking guards hostage with crude handmade weapons. Based on the reporting of New York Times journalist Tom Wicker (George Grizzard), this recreation of the historic four-day event follows the struggle between enraged inmates and uncooperative negotiators, resulting in a massacre that leaves many guards and prisoners dead.

Cast: Charles Durning, George Grizzard, Glynn Turman, Anthony Zerbe, Henry Darrow, Joel Fabiani, Roger E. Mosley, Morgan Freeman

Director: Marvin Chomsky

Genres: Docudrama

Keywords: Prison, Gripping, Rivalry, Tense, Underdog, 1970s

Awards

Winner Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special