Shakespeare Behind Bars

Shakespeare Behind Bars
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Format:  DVD
item number:  XTX 03370D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: July 18, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary: Cast & Filmmaker
    • Featurette: Troupe Update

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Directed by
Story by

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 26


User Ratings: 709
Rating: 3/4 -- The film makes the case -- one that always needs making -- that, despite what they've done, these men retain some shred of humanity. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Apr 14, 2006
Rating: A -- By presenting murderers as actors and then filming those actors discussing their sins, the line between performance and soul-searching blurs in unnerving ways. Full Review
Apr 14, 2006
This fascinating video documentary covers a nine-month rehearsal of Shakespeare's final play by inmates at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange, Kentucky. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Aug 12, 2008
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Rogerson and producer Jilann Spitzmiller ably convey the humanity of the inmates while also exposing them as deeply flawed individuals. The film also reconfirms the enduring relevance and power of Shakespeare and his adaptability to almost any milieu. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
May 12, 2006
... a truly compelling examination of the extent to which art can lift the human spirit, no matter how tragic the surrounding circumstances may be. Full Review
DVD Review
Jul 10, 2007
Albeit a tad repetitive, Shakespeare Behind Bars succeeds in humanizing men we might too easily label as monsters, and provides a solid argument in favor of prisons that place rehabilitation above retribution. Full Review
L.A. Weekly
May 11, 2006
Rating: B -- The up-close interviews with the prisoners, many of whom are in jail for murder, are the heart of the film. Full Review
Christian Science Monitor
May 19, 2006

Product Description:

Shakespeare's plays have been performed in every major city, in every possible venue, but perhaps the most unusual and emotionally-charged performances of OTHELLO and TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA have taken place at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Ky. Hank Rogerson's moving documentary focuses on actor Curt Tofteland's program for prison inmates, which allows incarcerated men to express themselves through role-playing. In interviews and behind-the-scenes glimpses, it becomes clear that the tragic flaws of the Shakespearian characters serve as a mirror for the prisoners' own crimes and behaviors, providing them with valuable and potentially healing insights.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrically Released March 10, 2006
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 19,764
  • UPC: 826663100723
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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