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Prison of Secrets
Prison of Secrets
Actors: Stephanie Zimbalist, Finola Hughes, Gary Frank, Rusty Schwimmer, Kimberly Russell
Director: Fred Gerber
Genres: Drama, Television, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
PG-13     2001     1hr 32min

A young mother unknowingly breaks the law and is sent to prison. She is confronted by degradation and horror as guards extract sexual favors in exchange for everything from toothbrushes to drugs. Inspired by actual events.


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Actors: Stephanie Zimbalist, Finola Hughes, Gary Frank, Rusty Schwimmer, Kimberly Russell
Director: Fred Gerber
Creators: John Fleckenstein, Lisa M. Citron, Carroll Newman, Melissa Gleason, Yvonne E. Chotzen, Layce Gardner
Genres: Drama, Television, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Television, Prison, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Starlight Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/11/2001
Original Release Date: 03/16/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 03/16/1997
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Stephanie Zimbalist was great in this movie
benjamin y. page | pasadena, ca United States | 10/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Stephanie Zimbalist had once again demostrated to her audience and herself that she is a able actress. Hollywood should pay more attention to her and give her more roles in art-house/ independent movie roles. She was really good in this movie and a delight as usual to see her on the screen.Benjamin"
Enter this prison at your own risk
D. Roberts | Battle Creek, Michigan United States | 11/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Stephanie Zimbalist comes out of the woodwork to star in this movie that was inspired by a true story. I can bet a lot of it was fabricated, but am sure the gist of what happened is true. It is scary in this day & age to think of an American prison being so corrupt as this one is portrayed, but it is not beyond belief.

Zimbalist plays an everyday mother who inadvertantly breaks the law & is sent to prison. While there she is exposed to all sorts of horrifying practices of prison guards abusing their power & position. At every turn, her attempts to be proactive about the situation fail.

While most movies that deal with women in prison are of the softcore porn variety, rest assure this movie is VERY serious. I would even go so far to say as it's the women's prison counterpart to SHAWSHENK REDEMPTION. If you're interested in prison movies at all, this one is a must-have."
"You never know when doing good will turn to bad"
S. Frempong | 07/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie kept my attention throughout. It's about a woman who tried to save her employer as well as herself a little money on some business deals and she wound up in prison. While there, she encountered practically every sterotype known to mankind and then some. I would recommend that you see it for yourself."
A cautionary tale, badly acted, written and directed
W. Woloson | amsterdam | 09/27/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"A selfish, stupid woman engages in white collar crime, and goes to prison for her misdeed. I say stupid, because she could have paid a modest fine and gotten away with her crime, but chose instead to gamble with her and her family's future by trusting her lot to a jury of her peers. They judged her as harshly as I did.

Once in prison, she is exposed to life's realities, possibly for the first time in her wretched existence. Seeing various and sundry sordid occurences beyond her middle class ken, she decides to meddle in the affairs of others (possibly motivated by petty jealousy, since she isn't getting any drugs or sex from the handsome male prison guards).

To make a long story short, her rabble rousing is eventually heard in Washingtonm D.C., a senator takes more than a passing interest in her, and her sentence is commuted to a home curfew. I guess the moral of the story is white collar criminals are better suited to country club prisons.

If you have nothing whatsoever to do, your DVD player is broken, and you don't feel like cleaning the oven, this movie might possibly entertain. Otherwise avoid at all costs."