Check it Out: Murder in the First

Inspired by a true story, Murder in the First is the story of a prison inmate at Alcatraz, Henri Young (Kevin Bacon), who spent three years in solitary confinement with nothing – no light, no toilet – for trying to escape. He emerges from the dark hole a confused, vengeful shell of the man he was. He immediately kills the convict who ratted on him. He is put on trial for the murder, and his attorney, James Stamphill (Christian Slater), argues that the extenuating circumstances caused Young to commit murder, and turns the focus of the trial to the actions of the warden and the conditions at Alcatraz.

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