Short Eyes

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Short Eyes ★★★½ The Slammer 1979 (R)

When a child molester (Davison) enters prison, the inmates act out their own form of revenge against him. Filmed on location at New York City's Men's House of Detention, nicknamed “The Tombs.” Script by Manuel Pinero from his excellent play; he also acts in the film. Topnotch performances and respectful direction from Young bring unsparingly realistic prison drama to the screen. Title is prison jargon for child molester. 100m/C VHS, DVD . Bruce Davison, Miguel Pinero, Nathan George, Donald Blakely, Curtis Mayfield, Jose Perez, Shawn Elliott; D: Robert M. Young.