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Breakout (1975)

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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:
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Jay Wagner
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Ann Wagner
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Hawk Hawkins
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Myrna
Jorge Moreno ...
Sosa
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J.V. (as Emilio Fernandez)
Paul Mantee ...
Telegraphist
Alan Vint ...
Harve
Alejandro Rey ...
Sanchez
William B. White ...
2nd Officer (as Will B. White)
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Spencer
Sidney Clute ...
Henderson
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Border Guard (as Chalo Gonzalez)
Antonio Tarruella ...
1st Prison Guard
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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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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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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7 March 1975 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann ohne Nerven  »

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SEK 1,808,151 (Sweden)
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Because this movie was based on a real-life prison escape in Mexico, the Mexican Government would not permit the movie to be filmed there. See more »

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During Colton's helicopter training scene, it was in a Bell 47 but, several clips were from the Gazelle (one used for the breakout). See more »

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Myrna: I have to be convincing and I've never been raped.
Nick Colton: We should all be so lucky.
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Easily One of Bronson's Best
9 July 2002 | by (Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain) – See all my reviews

"Breakout" is easily one of Charles Bronson's best starring vehicles. For the most part his early 70's films fell into two categories: either junky (Violent City) or pretentious (The Mechanic). The first Death Wish film was thought-provoking, but marred by sickeningly graphic and misogynist violence; the sequels had the violence with none of the art. His late-70s films were quickie garbage (Death Hunt, Love and Bullets). His 80's films featured a sickly prurient violence level and a sleepwalking star.

But Bronson did have quite a string of quality films in the mid-70s: "Breakheart Pass (1974)," "Hard Times" (1975), "Mr. Majestic" (1974), "From Noon Til Three" (1976), and "Telefon" (1977)were all quality films in which Bronson's star quality, charisma, and acting ability was able to shine through.

The best of Bronson's mid-70s output in my opinion, however, is Tom Gries' "Breakout." The story has drama, humor, and tremendous forward momentum, the cast is superior (Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, John Huston, and the always-underrated Jill Ireland). Most importantly, Charles Bronson breaks out of his silent-and-stony persona and creates a character that has depth, humour, and humanity as well as toughness.

Those who complain that this film has little action have obviously not seen many of Bronson's films. Very few of them are actually what could be called "action movies". For the most part they were melodramas with some gunplay, the occasional fight, and a maybe car chase near the end. "Breakout" is actually as much or more of an action film than most of Bronson's others. I think that most folks who mistakenly lament the lack of "action" in this film compared to his others are confusing "action" with sick, perverse violence. Look at "Death Wish" for instance: Bronson shoots some guys. That's the extent of the action, if you exclude the graphic rape scene near the beginning. He points a gun and shoots. He rarely runs. There's never a car chase. It's a melodrama, not an action film. `Breakout' has a helicopter escape, a fistfight on a dark runway as a twin-prop plane approaches at breakneck speed, and an attitude that make it more of an action film.

So "Breakout" doesn't have graphic torture, or rape, or someone getting sodomized with a nightstick. I'll settle for a great story, fine acting, cool action, and interesting characters.


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