These are the sorts of details a lot of screenwriters and producers might instinctively tone down, or omit altogether, on the assumption audiences would find them too far-fetched and 'movie-like', despite the fact they were true.
Imagine a historically-based 1974 Canadian update of 1972’s Chato’s Land, only concerned more with atmosphere than melodrama, minus the gang rape and graphic torture.
Breakout opens with slow-motion gunshot wounds and, during the film's climactic action sequence, ends with this...which looks even gorier on this new, highly vivid Blu-ray presentation.
When I read a recent article about the Palm Beach Riot of 1986, Ebert's snarky put-down of Fraternity Vacation immediately sprung to mind.
The terrorist plot in the movie's perpetrated by a maniacal Stalinist, instead of the usual "inside job" CIA conspirators whose nefarious shenanigans movie audiences were usually treated to throughout the Seventies and Eighties.
The character of Joe Valachi was a big part of what kept me from enjoying the film. As a mobster, Valachi's not very successful. He's just a boss's driver, with a pair of legit side businesses, kind of passive and, ultimately, boring. He's not clever. He's not charismatic. He often comes across as bizarrely naive, at times, almost child-like.