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In 1916, A group of prisoners plot their escape from the notorious fortress located in French Guiana.

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Leper Count
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In 1916, A group of prisoners plot their escape from the notorious fortress located in French Guiana.

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No man ever broke this prison! No prison ever broke this man! See more »

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Meuterei auf der Teufelsinsel  »

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Co-stars Jim Brown and Christopher George both appeared as nude centerfolds in Playgirl magazine. See more »

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Maj. Marteau: We can't allow the prisoners to become guards, but we can make a guard a prisoner.
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Should Have Been Much Better
18 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

I Escaped from Devil's Island (1973)

** (out of 4)

This exploitation film from Roger and Gene Corman beat PAPILLON to theaters by a month and features Jim Brown and Christopher George playing prisoners on Devils Island who plan an escape to get away from the sadistic guards. They duo end up on an island with many beautiful women but soon enough the prison guards come calling. I ESCAPED FROM DEVIL'S ISLAND is somewhat entertaining for the fifty-minutes or so but once we're out of the prison things really slow down and the second half of the film is a major chore to sit through. Veteran director William Witney does a pretty good job at making this low-budget film look like it had higher production values than you know it had. The first portion of the film inside the prison features all sorts of silly violence dealing with the prisoners being beaten, thrown in the hot box and various other items that we've seen in countless prison movies. This remains somewhat fun as both Brown and George are such enjoyable actors that you can get caught up with them and this helps the film move a little bit. Fans of the two actors will probably want to sit through this even though the end result isn't as good as you're going to hope. Brown has no problems playing the tough guy and there's plenty of action built around him. George plays a political prisoner who is against violence and the two actors really work well together and build up some nice chemistry. The problem in the second half of the film is simply the fact that nothing entertaining happens. We see the men fight, argue, fight some more and it just grows tiresome after a while. The exploitation level really needed to be pumped up in the second half as did the energy because the film pretty much just runs out of gas.


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