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American Chain Gang
American Chain Gang
Director: Xackery Irving
Genres: Documentary
NR     2005     0hr 56min

This award-winning documentary profiles the experiences of the prisoners and officers of the recently revived male chain gang and the world's first female chain gang. It examines the conditions of these people as they part...  more »


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Director: Xackery Irving
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Doc Workers
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/29/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 0hr 56min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Gripping documentary
apple | 11/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"No matter what your political or personal affiliation, you will find something that you love and something that will challenge you in this film. Taking you from the formidable living conditions of the prisoners in chain gang to the fear and frustration of prison guards, this film covers the complexity of the american prison systems and our controversial approach to dealing with recidivism. The ending will astound everyone. Be sure to check out the letters from the inmates to the filmmaker that illustrate their desperation and unwavering hope (you will need to put the dvd into your pc in order to view letters)."
Sol, Luna y Estrellas | New York-Unstoppable | 11/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I personally got to view the movie way before its release and quite proud of Mr. Irving (Pookie). From beginning to end the documentary is riveting and makes you feel as if you yourself know the inmates personally. It's definitely a must have. Job well done!"
Must See Documentary
D Hurley | 11/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Been looking for this one for years. Great access to inmates and prison guards. We get to know these young adults as they go through the humiliation of this 'alternative thinking unit.' The women in the Arizona chain gang are a great compliment to the hardened men in Alabama. This issue has faded from the news, but the film really gives you the big picture. The ending is a real eye-openner. GREAT FILM!"
Good Film About Sad Subject
Cineroast | Charlotte, NC | 01/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Amazing what we do in this country. Inmates are aware of what we are doing to them - warehousing them and letting them out with no job training, counseling, or education. Chain Gangs are meant to make us feel good about punishing these people, but this film shows what those types of programs are really about. Wanted to see more. Loved the letters from prison."