Riot (1969 film)

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Riot FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byBuzz Kulik
Produced byWilliam Castle
Written byJames Poe
StarringGene Hackman
Jim Brown
Mike Kellin
Gerald S. O'Loughlin
Ben Carruthers
Clifford David
Bill Walker
Jerry Thompson
Ricky Summers
Mr. Gerri
John Neiderhauser
Frank Eyman
Music byKrzysztof Komeda
CinematographyRobert B. Hauser
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • 1969 (1969)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.3 million (US/ Canada rentals)[1]

Riot is a 1969 American drama film directed by Buzz Kulik and starring Gene Hackman and Jim Brown.[2]


While the warden (real-life warden Frank A. Eyman) of a state prison is away, the isolation block erupts and 35 of the most violent criminals (led by Gene Hackman) stage a riot and take over their portion of the prison. Cully Briston (Jim Brown), in for five years and awaiting his eventual parole, wants no part of the riot. He impulsively gets involved, defending a prison guard and protecting him from the maniacs in the block.



The film is based on a non-fiction novel by Frank Elli, which chronicled an actual riot that took place in an Arizona prison.

In addition to using real-life warden Frank A. Eyman, the production utilized a number of real-life prisoners as extras.

The film was partially shot at the Yuma Territorial Prison.


The film was given a theatrical release in the United States by Paramount Pictures in 1969.

The film was given a belated release on VHS by Paramount Home Video in 1993.

The film was sub-licensed to Olive Films by Paramount and released on DVD by in 2010.

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  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, 7 January 1970 p 15
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