Cody Jarrett, leader of a gang of robbers, is an eccentric personality: he is a sadistic killer, has bouts of epilepsy, and has a relationship with his mother that is too close for comfort. To avoid a long jail sentence for his latest crime, he admits his guilt to a lesser crime in another state and is sent to jail. One of his cellmates is a police officer planted to gain Jarrett's trust. In the meantime, the gang is taken over by a rival who kills Jarrett's mother in rage, the news of which causes Jarrett to lose much of his grip on reality. The jailmates break out and are cornered at a chemical plant, enacting a powerful scene that has gone down in cinema history.
This report prepared by Sara Embrey