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Riot in Cell Block 11

Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by Don Siegel
Written by Richard Collins
Starring Neville Brand
Leo Gordon
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Cinematography Russell Harlan
Editing by Bruce B. Pierce
Distributed by Allied Artists
Release date(s) 1954
Running time 80 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English

Riot in Cell Block 11 is a 1954 drama film starring Neville Brand and Leo Gordon. It was directed by Don Siegel, based on the screenplay by Richard Collins.



The film was shot on location at Folsom State Prison with real inmates and guards playing background roles.[1] It is noted as the first film eventual director Sam Peckinpah worked on. He was hired as a third assistant casting director by Don Siegel. Reportedly, the warden was reluctant to allow the filmmakers to work at Folsom Prison until he was introduced to Peckinpah. The warden knew his family from Fresno, California and immediately became cooperative. Siegel's location work and his use of actual prisoners as extras made a lasting impression on Peckinpah's later career. He would work as an assistant to Siegel on four additional films including Private Hell 36 (1954), An Annapolis Story (1955), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and Crime in the Streets (1956).[2]


Upon its initial release in the United Kingdom the film was banned.[3] It is currently rated a '15' under the BBFC.


  1. ^ "Riot in Cell Block 11 Film Review". Retrieved 2007-02-24.  
  2. ^ Weddle, David (1994). "If They Move...Kill 'Em!". Grove Press. pp. 116–119. ISBN 0–8021–3776–8.  
  3. ^ "Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)". Retrieved 2007-02-24.  


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