ATTICA (1980) Morgan Freeman

Posted: Jun 13, 2010

This 97 minute docu-drama produced by Louis Rudolph as a made for Television movie for ABC (original airdate: March 3rd, 1980), was nominated for 5 Emmy Awards -- including: Outstanding Film Editing (Paul LaMastra); and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction of a Television Special (Marvin Chomsky, Director). The film is an eloquent condensation and gripping re-creation of events leading up to and during the inmate rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility, in New York State, in September of 1971 (which climaxed in the worst instance of Americans slaughtering other Americans since the Civil War). The cast included: Charles Durning, Morgan Freeman, George Grizzard, David Harris, Roger Mosley, and Anthony Zerbe. Directed by Marvin Chomsky, from a script by James Henerson; based on the book - A Time to Die - by New York Times correspondent Tom Wicker (who was present during the uprising, having been requested by the inmates as a member of the civilian arbitrating committee). Cinematography by Don Birnkrant; Edited by Paul LaMastra, A.C.E.