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directed by Jonathan Kaplan
USA 19


$1.5 million cached in a secret stash. And only Curtis Hook (Jim Brown) knows where it’s at. The hitch? He’s tied up doing time in the stir, and his hidden kitty’s spot is scheduled for demolition. Looks like Curtis is going over the wall. Too bad for him there’s a legion of mooks and mugs anxious to know what Curtis did with the stolen mob moolah. And if he can survive his fellow cons, he still needs to get past the corrupt screws “guarding” the slam’s inmates. What good is a trunk full of bucks when your life ain’t worth a dime? The Slams was an early effort by prolific indie turned journeyman pro Jonathan Kaplan, whose many credits include the cult favorites White Line Fever and Over the Edge (featuring Kaplan’s discovery, Matt Dillon). His more mainstream accomplishments include directing Jodie Foster’s Oscar® winning performance in The Accused. The Slams also features a rare movie score from legendary Broadway arranger Luther Henderson.


Theatrical Release: September 26th, 1973

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:30:06

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.31 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:50)

DVD Release Date: April 5th, 2012
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Kind of a trying-to-be-tougher-than-it-is prison flic that does press some of the right jailhouse-drama buttons. Brown is as good as anyone in these vehicles. This has a vengeance chord that keeps things lively and suspenseful. No masterpiece but a decent way to spend the time if in the right mood. I was.

It's standard single-layered but progressive cropped to a 1.78:1 aspect ratio and looks solid. This is also labeled under the Warner's new "Re-mastered Edition" marquee and the image is clean with no notable flaws. For a 40-year old film you might expect worse. Colors seem a little blue-heavy but overall I was okay with the visual-portion.

The stereo sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. The only supplement is the film's trailer - another 4:3 effort probably shown on TV only.

I'm a sucker for Prison films and this is a decent one. Who doesn't like Jim Brown on the big screen? - or the grid-iron for that matter. Don't know how he'd be as a cell-mate though.... recommended to those who probably already know they are keen.  

  - Gary Tooze



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