Has the realities of maximum-security prison ever truly been realised in mainstream-cinema? I'm not talking about documentaries, because I've seen The Farm. I've read articles that talk about the everyday murders, rats coming up and biting prisoners' genitals as they sit on the toilet, and the fist-sized cockroaches that drop on prisoners from the ceiling as they sleep. Now, I'm sure I haven't seen every prison movie. But I've seen quite a few. I somehow doubt that The Shawshank Redemption paints a realistic portrait. Everybody's too nice (except the wardon and the sisters that is!). Papillon and Mignight Express. Brutal regime. Not the same. Still very uncomfortable films to watch. Prison movies from far-eastern countries don't count by the way (or was ME set in Turkey?) Brokedown Palace: (aka Midnight Express Lite). Nah. Natural Born Killers was too surreal. It's impossible to get a feel for what that prison would be a like had it not been shot in the way it was. My favourite prison scenes were in Out of Sight. But something tells me, that they wasn't especially realistic. So have there ever been any truly realistic depictions of maximum-security prison in the movies? And if not, why not?