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Sara Mayeux

The Attica Prison Riot, Coming Soon to a Screen Near You

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Variety reports that director Doug Liman (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “The Bourne Identity”) will helm an independent film dramatizing “the bloodiest prison riot in U.S. history,” the four-day standoff in 1971 at New York’s Attica state prison:

The project is a deeply personal one for Liman. His father, Arthur Liman, was chief counsel to the New York State Special Commission on Attica Prison and co-authored the commission’s report chastising then-Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and prison authorities for their share of responsibility for the riot’s toll; 32 inmates and 10 hostages were killed, 39 of them in an assault by state police officers.


Written by sara

February 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

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