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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Mervyn LeRoy

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About the Movie

Academy Award-winner Paul Muni ("Scarface," "The Story of Louis Pastor") received an Oscar-nomination as a World War I vet who is wrongly convicted of armed robbery and is sentenced to hard labor where he endures gross humiliation and torture at the hands of a sadistic warden. Based upon a true story. Directed by Oscar-nominee Mervyn LeRoy ("Random Harvest"). Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry. Recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 greatest American films of all time.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is a picture with guts. It grips with its stark realism and packs lots of punch. – Variety Staff, Variety, Feb 10, 2012

Fresh: Based on a true story, its style is simple, direct, forceful -- even after more than six decades. – Don Druker, Chicago Reader, Feb 10, 2012

Fresh: Suprisingly no-holds-barred portrait of institutional bullying for such an early film. – Kim Newman, Empire Magazine, Feb 10, 2012

Fresh: Muni gives a brilliant performance as a regular guy wrongly convicted of murder and subjected to the hardships and beatings of a dehumanising chain gang regime. – Time Out, Feb 10, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Don't Stop Watching!!

This movie... changed my life. I'm serious. Paul Muni and Glenda Farrel do a terrific job portraying a lost couple in love. Unbelievable.


This is the toughest chain gang movie ever!

A great film....

An oldie but a real goodie! Paul Muni is exceptional in the role of the fugitive. Really enjoyed this one.

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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1932

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