A brief description of the main characters in the film.
Henry Young’s character during the film is that of a prisoner in Alcatraz
which changes dramatically during the film. The movie also shows Henri at
an earlier stage in his life as a teenager as normal as any other kid
except he is poor without parents trying to support himself and his younger
sister. Henri was sent to prison after stealing five dollars from a post
Henri was transferred to Alcatraz to fill the prison. Henri was as
normal as any of the other inmates in Alcatraz, but after being put in
solitary confinement for three years after trying to escape Henry was
changed. Henry was a product of his environment during his time spent in
the hole Henri lost trust in other humans and sense of time proven when he
couldn’t even remember how old he was. By the time Henri was released from
the dungeons he’d been sent insane. Henri then killed another inmate in the
dinning hall with a spoon. Henri didn’t know what he was doing and was
mentally unstable after his treatment in the hole.
Henri opened himself up
to one person who was his lawyer James Stamphill. Henry never saw James as
his lawyer but as the friend he wanted and needed. Henri evolved from a
savage wild man who would kill somebody to a more civilised person with his
interaction with James. In the end Henri’s character found harmony within
himself after winning the court case who he placed with himself versus
Milton Glenn the Associate Warden of Alcatraz. When he won it was his
James’ character is constant that of a Lawyer fresh out of Law school.
James’s character also narrates the movie, where he says that he is only
joining law school when Henry Young was put in Solitary. When Henry is
released from solitary James had finished his Bar exam, James’ first case
would be Henry’s. James develops a better understanding of the importance
of a relationship with a client to defend them. When James first met Henry
all Henry wanted to know about was baseball, so James learnt about baseball
and would tell Henri the scores of games where this interaction would get
Henri talking to James where James could ask questions during conversations
to get the information he needed for the trial.
Milton Glenn’s character is that of Associate Warden of Alcatraz. Milton
Glenn uses Henri Young as an example to the prisoner’s of Alcatraz after
Henri tried to escape.
It shows Glenn as psychotic, sadistic and feared by
the prisoner’s. Glenn is quite manipulative this is shown with one of
Milton’s talks with John Humson the Warden of Alcatraz where he told John
that Henry needed severe punishment leading the Warden on to believe that
Henry was one who had masterminded an escape attempt and needed to be kept
in solitary for an extended period.
Humson is the Warden of Alcatraz. Humson is never at Alcatraz and has been
left in the dark about Henry Young’s treatment, all he knows is what Milton
Glenn wants him to know Glenn portrayed Henry as a special case and that he
needed to be kept in solitary so Humson kept him in solitary. Humson’s
character is in touch with the media and is well respected. John is made to
look like a fool when James puts him on the stand revealing that Humson
knew nothing of what happens in Alcatraz.
Henri and James
Henri and James’ lives where quite parallel in their early years as
teenagers they both stole similar amounts of money only that James received
a warning for his crime where Henri was sent to jail. When Henri and James
first met James was looking at how he could prove Henry innocent, while
Henri was looking for something to do before he died. Henry decided he
wanted a friend instead of a lawyer and insisted on not talking about the
trial. Henry enjoyed baseball where James did not have a clue James learnt
the rules and players so he could get Henry talking where then James would
tactfully ask questions about the trial to get his information, until Henry
felt comfortable talking with James that he would talk about anything.
James and Byron
James and Byron are brothers and are not getting along well. During a
conversation between the two Byron is trying get James to stop defending
Henry and have Henry found guilty.
James gets a clue to put Humson .