An effective attempt to realistically portray prison life, ON THE YARD focuses on four inmates, with Waites portraying the acknowledged leader of the prisoners. Heard is a convicted wife murderer, Kellin is a habitual criminal who has spent more time in jail than out, and Grifasi is
Waites's errand boy. The film offers revealing portraits of the leads and succeeds in providing a compelling examination of the relationships and how they are shaped by the prison environment. Veteran actor Kellin is memorable as the con who can't con the parole board into granting him an early
release. The rest of the cast is made up of unknowns, though Remar would go on to fill villai...