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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: May 10, 2005

Budget USD 195,845

Running Time
1 hour, 33 minutes

Country USA

Studio Warner Brothers

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• I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
• I Am a Fugitive (1932)
• I Am a Fugitive from the Chain Gang (1932)

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Genre: Crime, Film-Noir, Drama, Prison, True Story, Suspense, Police, Thieves, Escape

Tagline: Six sticks of dynamite that blasted his way to freedom... and awoke America's conscience!

Plot: After returning home from World War I, James Allen, played to the teeth by theater veteran Paul Muni, dreams of becoming an engineeer but instead can only find employment in a shoe factory. After leaving this job, Allen becomes a penniless vagabond, unable even to hawk his war medals. But when Allen witnesses another man commit a crime, he is mistakenly committed to 10 years on a Georgia chain gang, where he is cruelly beaten by the sadistic guards. With the help of a fellow inmate, Allen escapes to pursue his dream of becoming an engineer. Unfortunately, the awful past lies in wait, preparing to return Allen to misery. I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG was one of the first talkies to foment for social change and justice. At the same time, the purity of the script and the actors’ performances give it a place among the most depressing films ever made. In spite of its dour message, the film was a huge box-office success, won an Oscar for Best Picture, and continues to be revered to this day.

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 Written by
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