Cinema: Stir Fry

ON THE YARD Directed by Raphael D. Silver Screenplay by Malcolm Braly

This low-budget prison film makes several promising gestures in the direction of documentary honesty before giving up and turning slick. The result is mildly enjoyable and instantly forgettable. The narrative deals with the downfall of a boss con named Chilly (Thomas Waites), who runs a bookmaking operation and most of the other illicit action in the prison yard. He is a short, cocky fellow of 24 who keeps the other cons and a good many of the guards in line with brains and nerve, backed up by occasional knifings done...

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