Short Eyes (film)

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Short Eyes
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Directed by Robert M. Young
Written by Miguel Piñero
Starring Bruce Davison
Jose Perez
Nathan George
Don Blakely
Shawn Elliott
Music by Curtis Mayfield
Martin Hirsch
H. P. Denenberg
Edited by Edward Beyer
Distributed by Film League
Release date
  • September 28, 1977 (1977-09-28)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Short Eyes is a 1977 American film adaptation of the Miguel Piñero play of the same title, directed by Robert M. Young.[1]

Audio from the film was sampled in the song Gravel Pit by the Wu-Tang Clan in 2000.[citation needed]


Short Eyes is set in an unnamed prison in New York City, whose inmates are predominantly black or Puerto Rican. One day, Clark Davis, a young, middle-class white man accused of raping a young girl, arrives. His fellow prisoners immediately turn on him — pedophiles are considered the lowest form of prison life — except for Juan, one of the institution's older prisoners, who treats him with dignity. While Davis insists he doesn't remember raping the girl, he admits that he has molested several other children.

The prosecution's case against Davis is weak and, unless Juan tells prison authorities about Davis' confessions to him, it is only a matter of time before he is set free. As Juan struggles with what to do, the other prisoners plan to get rid of Davis permanently.



Curtis Mayfield wrote the film's score, and appears in the film as a prisoner performing the song "Doo Doo Wop Is Strong In Here". The soundtrack was released on Mayfield's Curtom Records.


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