From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Penitentiary (1979, USA) is a Crime film directed by Jamaa Fanaka. Followed by Penitentiary II.


Main Details

  • Released in 1979
  • Color
  • Running Time: 99 Min.
  • Production Co: Jerry Gross Productions
  • Distribution Co: The Jerry Gross Organization, The (1980) (USA) (theatrical) | Movietime (1981) (Canada)
  • Directed by Jamaa Fanaka
  • Written by Jamaa Fanaka
  • Starring Leon Isaac Kennedy, Thommy Pollard, Hazel Spears, Donovan Womack, Floyd 'Wildcat' Chatman, Gloria Delaney
  • Produced by Jamaa Fanaka, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Irving Parham
  • Original Music by Frankie Gaye
  • Cinematography by Marty Ollstein
  • Film Editing by Betsy Blankett Milicevic (as Betsy Blankett)


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