Before B.A. Baracus, before Clubber Lang, Mr. T was....Mr. T!
PENITENTIARY I and II are both pretty fun films, the acting is terrible and the plot is ridiculous but the actors here don't seem to know they are in a trash can of a film which makes it work. These films were at the end of the Blaxpoitation genre but they were a reminder of how well the genre could work when they don't mock themselves. Having said that, skip PENITENTIARY III. The actors were in on the joke at that point,