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The Killing Yard (2001)

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for violence and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 50 minutes

Country USA

Studio Harris & Company, Showtime

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Other Titles
• The Killing Yard
• Atikka (2001)

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Genre: Drama, Murder, Courtroom, Prison, True Story

Tagline: An act no one could forgive. And only one man could defend. The true story of the Attica Prison riot.

Plot: Based on the events surrounding the 1971 Attica Prison uprising in New York, THE KILLING YARD tells the story of Shango Bahati Kakawama (Morris Chestnut), one of the inmates who--two years later--must stand trial for accusations of crimes committed in during the chaotic event. Facing a biased jury and unfair procedure, Shango's case is taken by liberal lawyer Ernie Goodman (Alan Alda) and his activist assistant, Linda (Rose McGowan). Initially distrustful of white Ernie, self-educated and politicized Shango eventually begins to form a bond with Ernie and Linda during the time that they steadfastly champion his case. Originally produced for the Showtime network.

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 Directed by
Euzhan Palcy
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 Written by
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 Music By
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