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Sports - Prison Rodeo Thriller (1966)

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  •  In Huntsville, Texas, a crowd gathers at Huntsville State Prison for one of the unique and comical sporting events in the world - it's the annual Prison Rodeo, a great attraction here for 35 years. 
  •  The inmates start the show by proving they haven't lost their sense of humor. 
  •  The proceeds are used for an educational and recreational fund. 
  •  And the action is fast and furious.   
  •  Riding one of these things can be much worse than two weeks in solitary. 
  •  Another Robin Hood heads for his inevitable fall.  
  •  To the shouts of "ride 'm cowboy!" another inmate partner gets tossed, but not over the wall. 
  •  In bull vs. rider, the bull invariably wins. 
  •  But they keep trying - and losing. 
  •  Some riders don't wait until the last stop. 
  •  The convicts consider a brief trip on one of these beasts a privilege. To each his own.  
  •  Sometimes real clever cowboys can put the whole thing in reverse to see where they've been before they get there. 
  •  And for a big finish, they call this The Mad Scramble. 
  •  Ten bulls and ten riders who just want to get away from it all. 
  •  An exciting day for the prisoners, but wait till next year - pardons permitting.  
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At Texas State Prison in Huntsville, convicts ride broncos and bulls in the 35th annual Prison Rodeo. Proceeds help to build up educational and recreational funds. Each inmate-cowboy takes pride in his ride…win, lose, or fall!