Doing Time: Life Inside The Big House

Docurama   (1991) / Region 1
Doing Time: Life Inside The Big House

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"An hour's journey into a night of the soul." -The New York Times

Called "riveting and beautifully made" by The New York Times, the Academy Award®-nominated Doing Time: Life Inside The Big House takes a hard-edged look at life inside the walls of Lewisberg, a maximum security federal penitentiary where the notion of rehabilitation and parole have all but been abandoned.

After gaining unprecedented permission from the Justice Department, Emmy® Award-winner Alan Raymond spent five weeks inside Lewisberg. With access to the entire prison, the Raymonds captured the stories of corrections officers as well as the inmates, including drug lords, "lifers" with no possibility of parole, and prisoners convicted of leading prison riots. Detailing a world where prisoners carry "shanks" and officers respond to violence in full riot gear, this candid documentary reveals what life inside "the big house" is really like.

A rare, unprecedented look at the prison subculture, Doing Time: Life Inside The Big House will challenge the way you look at incarceration in America.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 12 2006
  • Production Year 1991
  • Empire SKU 1087089
  • UPC Code 767685973738
  • Studio  Docurama
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL


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  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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