Breakout (1975)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  7 March 1975 (West Germany)
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A bush pilot is hired for $50,000 to go to Mexico to free an innocent prisoner.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Wagner
Ann Wagner
Hawk Hawkins
Jorge Moreno ...
J.V. (as Emilio Fernandez)
Paul Mantee ...
Alan Vint ...
Alejandro Rey ...
William B. White ...
2nd Officer (as Will B. White)
Sidney Clute ...
Border Guard (as Chalo Gonzalez)
Antonio Tarruella ...
1st Prison Guard


Jay Wagner is framed by the mob and sent to prison in Mexico. His wife, Ann tries to get him out. She then turns to bush pilot Nick Colton for help. And Colton is all to eager to do it. But the men who framed Jay will do what they have to make sure he doesn't escape. Written by

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Sentenced to 28 years in prison for a crime he never committed. Only two things can get him out - A lot of money and Charles Bronson!


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Release Date:

7 March 1975 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann ohne Nerven  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 1,808,151 (Sweden)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Duvall and Paul Mantee share a scene in this film and would later appear together again in The Great Santini. See more »


The airport that Nick flies out of is located in Texas, but the surrounding countryside is covered with Joshua trees, which are only found in the Mohave desert of Southern Calif, the Southern tip of Nevada and Northwestern area of Arizona. See more »


Myrna: How does that joke go? Ah, the guy says, "so help me, I'll rape you." And the girl says, "so rape me, I'll help you."
Nick Colton: So?
Myrna: So... rape me, I'll help you.
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Remade as Proof of Life (2000) See more »

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A top cast and film based on a true story
16 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once in awhile I find a comment on a movie so close to the way I saw and would assess the film, that I couldn't contribute much, if anything, to it. So, I usually don't add my own comments. The few occasions when I have done so have been where the film hasn't had a large number of votes at all and where its average rating is considerably lower than I think it should be. Since I find the IMDb comments on movies very helpful for deciding films to watch or buy, I like to help give viewers a little more of a selection of comments when there isn't much offered.

Such is the case with "Breakout," and the comments of July 9, 2002, submitted by Curtis Martin of Bothell, Washington. He's right on target in his assessment of Charles Bronson films over the years, and his take on the quality of this film for having some substance, with good acting from a stellar cast. I would just add that it's refreshing at times, I think, to see a film in which not everything is perfectly pulled off the first time. It makes it a little more real. And that's especially good in a film that is based on a true story. Even if Hollywood may fictionalize some of the characters and incidents. People make mistakes, things go wrong, and plans sometimes don't work. And people often don't give up.

This film has such a touch of reality, and a great mix of humor, human- ness, stunts and action. A really fun and quality gem of a film that's better than the bulk of movies put out so far in the third millennium.

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