Reidsville, one of the most notorious and dangerous prisons in the country. Mitchum talks about how he ended up there, and what his life was like behind bars, while waiting to appeal his wrongful conviction.
“We got there and I looked over to the right and there was a guy down on his knees. He had a bottom bunk. And he was like in a praying position probably. Is the guy praying? I didn’t know. Hell he was dying. I hadn’t been in there 30 minutes ’til he died right there. I mean they brought the stretcher, carried the man out. Dead.”
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Movie ‘The Longest Yard’ starring Burt Reynolds filmed at Reidsville Prison just before Mitchum was sent there. Here’s the trailer: