I used up my entire Spring Break editing a buncha authors' amazing stories for an Alcatraz anthology, and as interesting as that was, Jed's offer to take a break and ponder some Man Out of Prison movies was a great reprieve because 97% of the stories in Hard Sentences are about poor bastards stuck in jail and never ever getting the fuck out, except maybe through a digestive tract. So rather than researching this list too heavily I stared at the toaster for a few minutes tonight while munching on Pop Tarts until my brain retrieved five movies that fit this criteria and also had some sort of nefarious anti-authoritarian impact on Young Dave. So in no particular order...
the scene when Steve McQueen shotguns the shit out of that cop car. This was an unusually retrained movie for a Peckinpah feature (rated PG even!), and I was only a psychology major for one semester so I'm only 100% convinced that this cop car's slo-mo murder represented the police officer Bloody Sam was contractually not allowed to gruesomely disassemble on-screen.
the greatest post-prison-release speech of all time. This had the whole audience grinning as big as Sean Penn here, and after this we'd follow poor doomed, trying-to-go-straight Carlito anywhere.
"Seems like I just got out of the joint, stood up in front of that judge and told him what was who..."
Didn't Nick Nolte also get caught up in a bank robbery seconds after getting out of jail in Three Fugitives? I get that scene confused with the same sorta scene in Out of Sight, probably because Soderberg jumps around so much to keep us fuzzy about who follows what in every one of his crime movies. And usually I'm not a huge fan of the smugness that comes from Clooney's facemouth (it's tough to imagine him in jail when he'll always exude "rich man on vacation" from his every pore in every damn role) but I felt for him when he threw off that tie after bombing his job interview.
he needs to literally construct a surrogate prison on stage to relive his incarceration over and over. Sort of. He even eventually takes his play on the road, then to Broadway... all then all the way back to prison, where it finally finds the audience it deserves. Still only available on VHS and it's fine if it stays there. You guys probably don't deserve it. I'm kidding! But this way you have to come over and watch it with me. I'll make the popcorn and pruno.