An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement.

Milton Glenn: Some men are broken by the laws that they break, unable to resist the forces that are pulling them down. Other men live by the rules that society sets down. You're not one of them.
James Stamphill: When you try to win sometimes, you lose sight of th goal.
James Stamphill: Unlike many men who lived long after, Henry Young did not die in vain. In the end he was not afraid. He lived and he died in triumphed. If only we could all do that.
James Stamphill: [narrating as cold water is poured on Henri] The definition of rehabilitate: To restore to a state of physical, mental, and moral health through treatment and training.
Henri Young: I got nothin'. I got nobody. I don't need a lawyer, I need a friend.
Henri Young: I wanna stop being afraid.
James Stamphill: How do you think the Yankees will do against the Redskins this year?
Henri Young: The Yankees are a baseball team. The Redskins are a football team. Personally, I think the Redskins would kick the shit out of them.
Blanche, Hooker: Honey, you're gonna have to get it up first. It's like trying to stick an oyster into a slot machine.
Mr. Henkin: [to Stamphill] I don't know who you pissed off to get this piece of shit case, but that's the breaks!
Henri Young: Mr. Young, I am not here to satisfy any sexual fantasies that you might have.
[said by the female attorney]
Henri Young: You're not?
Milton Glenn: No, I'm your attorney.
[said by the female attorney]
Henri Young: Hey, you wanna do something for me? Let's play cards...
[first lines]
Prison Barber: They're coming! Run!
Judge Clawson: I do not need *you* to tell me what is, or is not okay. In this court room, *I* am the one who decides what is, or is not okay. Okay?
Milton Glenn: ln life for every action there is a definite and distinct reaction. Action
[cuts his hand with his razor]
Milton Glenn: ... reaction
[we see the blood dripping from the hand]
Milton Glenn: .
Henri Young: Yes, Mr. Glenn.
Milton Glenn: Now, if you escape, action: l lose my job... Reaction: l have a family that l will not be able to provide for! Now, knowing this information, can you tell me why you would possibly want to escape and jeopardize my family? l've done nothing to you but my job. And instead of letting you learn by breaking the rules, l feel l need to show you how to obey them. Tolerance. Tolerance for pain. My tolerance of you. But tolerance can be mistaken for kindness. And kindness can be mistaken for weakness. And we can't have weakness, can we, Henri?
James Stamphill: [murder conviction looming] Mister Young, we have *got* to talk. Would you like a cigarette?
Henri Young: No thanks, that shit'll kill ya.
[last lines]
James Stamphill: I became a baseball fan. You did it Henri.
Henri Young: Action - I won. Reaction - you can't ever take that away from me.
James Stamphill: I was wondering if I could talk to you, sir, about a continuance.
D.A. William McNeil: No.
James Stamphill: You don't understand, sir, he just sits there. I can't even get him to speak.
D.A. William McNeil: Well maybe he's practicing for the gas chamber. Tell him to take deep breaths.
James Stamphill: I will ask you what I want to ask you.
Henri Young: And I answer what I want to answer.
James Stamphill: Fine.
Henri Young: Fine.
James Stamphill: Did you kill Rufus McCain?
Henri Young: I was the weapon, but I ain't no killer.
Judge Clawson: Mr. Stamphill, you are skating on very thin ice.
James Stamphill: Maybe your Honor, but I'd like to get to the other side.
Henri Young: I won. "Reaction." You can't ever take that away from me.
Milton Glenn: Take him to the hole.

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