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The Slammer

The Slammer

A Feature film by Alain Robak

Produced by Aussie Films

Release in France : 12/01/2000


    Two prisoners in their thirties concoct an extraordinary escape, intending to incorporate the watchtower searchlights' perpetual circuit in their plans. It'll be a true work of art. Only one of them will make it back to his cell. He refuses to talk, and hasn't spoken since first been put behind bars. The chief prison warder and director have decided to make him talk: alarms, mass shakedowns, collective punishments, bullying… anything goes. There's a touch of madness in the air. The prison guards uncover some great stuff… It really is a prison full of crazies. Pressure mounts when a new prisoner arrives. He's a computer programmer, an unfortunate victim of a judicial error. His fellow prisoners put him through ropes and the prison bulls retaliate by banning television. At the lead up to the final playoffs, the prison threatens to explode. Mutiny! The prisoners overthrow the prison. Some try to escape, others settle scores, it's a crazy free-for-all. The SWAT team called in to establish order are quickly overrun. Even the director washes his hands of the situation.

    Actors (16)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Aussie Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Family Films

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    French distribution :

    Chameau Distribution

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    On the first day, I remember feeling the dreadful weight of the prison on our shoulders.

    On the last day, I remember feeling sad to leave.

    Either you get used to everything, or else I’ve got the wrong idea about prison.

    Alain Robak, Director

    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producer :

    Marie-Dominique Girodet

    Sound Recordist :

    Claude Hivernon

    Director of Photography :

    Bernard Dechet

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, Guillaume Andreu

    Continuity supervisor :

    Anne Wermelinger

    Music Composer :

    Thomas Schönberg

    Still Photographers :

    Michèle Mattei, Wilfrid Gremillet

    Adaptation :

    Laurent Baffie

    Screenwriters :

    Philippe Eineck, Jean-Marc Parisis

    Production manager :

    Claudine Zidi

    Editor :

    Élisabeth Moulinier

    Production Designer :

    Bruno Bruneau

    Costume designer :

    Clémentine Joya

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    French release :


    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)



    Montreal World Film Festival - 1999

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1999)


    World Cinema