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4.1
375 Ratings

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
United States, 1932
Drama, Crime, Film noir

Synopsis

Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.

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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang Directed by Mervyn LeRoy

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1934 | 3 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1932 | 2 wins including: Best Film

National Film Preservation Board

1991 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

The bleakest Hollywood ending in the bleakest decade of the American century was the stone cold, pitch-black kiss off in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), the gritty Warner Bros ‘social consciousness’ film directed by Mervyn LeRoy. As timely as the day’s headlines, it was a searing indictment of two oppressive regimes: The medieval prison system operating in the Deep South and the economic lock-down suffocating the entire nation, the Great Depression.
July 03, 2015

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