Box (torture)

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This article is about the torture method. For other uses of "sweatbox", see Sweatbox (disambiguation).

The box, also known as a hot box or sweatbox, is a method of solitary confinement used in humid and arid regions as a method of punishment. Anyone placed in one would experience extreme heat, dehydration, heat exhaustion, even death, depending on when and how long one was kept in one. Another variation of this punishment is known as sweating: the use of a heated room to punish or coerce a person into cooperating with the torturers.

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Hot box torture has been portrayed in numerous films and television shows, including Leadbelly, La vita è bella, Cool Hand Luke, Carbine Williams, The Longest Yard and its 2005 remake, Seven Days, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Von Ryan's Express, Prison Break, The X-Files, Firefly, Sullivan's Travels, My Name is Earl, The A-Team, Django Unchained, Farscape, Burn Notice, Batman: The Animated Series, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. A parody of hot box torture was portrayed by a sandbox in Toy Story 3.

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