Convicts 4

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Convicts 4
Convicts 4.jpg
Directed by Millard Kaufman
Produced by A. Ronald Lubin
Written by Millard Kaufman
John Resko
Starring Ben Gazzara
Stuart Whitman
Vincent Price
Rod Steiger
Music by Leonard Rosenman
Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc
Edited by George White
Distributed by Allied Artists Pictures Corporation
Release date(s) United States September 15, 1962
Finland February 15, 1963
Running time 105 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English

Convicts 4 is a 1962 prison film drama starring Ben Gazzara and directed by Millard Kaufman.[1][2][3] A true story, it is based on the autobiography of John Resko, Reprieve.

Plot summary[edit]

John Resko is condemned to the electric chair at the age of eighteen. It is Christmas and Resko wants to give his baby daughter a new teddy bear. He goes, without money, into a shop and tries to get the shopkeeper to give it to him saying he will pay him later. The shopkeeper refuses, Resko grabs a gun he saw in the till and points it at the man. The shopkeeper lunges at Resko and is shot.

Pardoned by the governor at the last minute, Resko is sentenced to Dannemora prison, where he has difficulty adjusting to life behind bars. It becomes even less bearable after hearing that his wife has left him and that his father has died.

Resko does long stretches in solitary confinement. But he is befriended eventually by fellow convicts like Iggy and Wino who help him to pass the time. When he takes up art as a hobby, Resko's work is seen by an art critic, Carl Carmer, who believes him to have promise.

In 1949, after 18 years in prison, Resko is released. His daughter and granddaughter are waiting when he gets out.


It is impossible that it was "THE" famous FDR that pardoned Resco in 1949. FDR died in 1945 so it had to be FDR III.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Variety film review; April 4, 1962; reviewed as "Reprieve."
  2. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; April 28, 1962, page 63.
  3. ^ Monthly Film Bulletin review; 1962, page 115.