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Director:
Writers:
Howard B. Kreitsek (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
7 March 1975 (West Germany) See more »
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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!
Plot:
A bush pilot is hired for $50,000 to go to Mexico to free an innocent prisoner. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
Easily One of Bronson's Best See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Bronson ... Nick Colton

Robert Duvall ... Jay Wagner

Jill Ireland ... Ann Wagner

Randy Quaid ... Hawk Hawkins

Sheree North ... Myrna
Jorge Moreno ... Sosa

Emilio Fernández ... J.V. (as Emilio Fernandez)
Paul Mantee ... Telegraphist
Alan Vint ... Harve
Alejandro Rey ... Sanchez
William B. White ... 2nd Officer (as Will B. White)

Roy Jenson ... Spencer
Sidney Clute ... Henderson

Chalo González ... Border Guard (as Chalo Gonzalez)
Antonio Tarruella ... 1st Prison Guard
Don Norgano Frill ... 2nd Prison Guard

John Huston ... Harris Wagner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
José María Caffarel ... (uncredited)
Dan Frazer ... U.S. Customs Agent (uncredited)
Luis Prendes ... Juez (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Gries 
 
Writing credits
Howard B. Kreitsek (screenplay) &
Marc Norman (screenplay) &
Elliott Baker (screenplay)

Warren Hinckle (suggested by book "Ten Second Jailbreak") &
William Turner (suggested by book "Ten Second Jailbreak") and
Eliot Asinof (suggested by book "Ten Second Jailbreak")

Produced by
Robert Chartoff .... producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bud S. Isaacs 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Sweeney  (as Alfred Sweeney Jr.)
 
Set Decoration by
Ira Bates 
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
 
Makeup Department
Joe DiBella .... makeup artist (as Joe Di Bella)
 
Production Management
Stuart Fleming .... assistant unit manager (as Stu Fleming)
Robert Saussier .... unit manager: second unit
Sheldon Schrager .... unit production manager
Jean-Pierre Spiri-Mercanton .... production manager: second unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Bender .... second assistant director
Michel Cheyko .... assistant director: second unit
Peter Gries .... second assistant director
Ronald L. Schwary .... assistant director
Antonio Tarruella .... first assistant director: second unit (as Antonio Tarruella de Lacourt)
 
Art Department
Julio Molina .... set designer: second unit (as Julio Juanes)
David Coleman .... property master (uncredited)
Jim Pearsall .... graphic design: charcoal drawings and paintings (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Al Overton Jr. .... sound
Richard Daniel .... location sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects
 
Stunts
Dick Dial .... stunt coordinator
Russ Dodson .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Yerkes .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Manuel Berenguer .... camera operator: second unit
Dick Johnson .... camera operator
Felix Martin .... camera operator: second unit
Ignacio Rodriguez .... gaffer: second unit
Francisco Sanz .... key grip: second unit
 
Editorial Department
Richard A. Radecki .... assistant editor (as Tony Radecki)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Janet Crosby .... assistant to producer
Dean Engelhardt .... pilot (as Dean Engelhart)
James W. Gavin .... helicopter pilot
Gloria Gonzales .... assistant to producer
Frank Kowalski .... script supervisor
Phill Norman .... title designer
Frank L. Pine .... pilot (as Frank Pine)
Roberto Roberts .... production coordinator: second unit
Mary Winters .... production secretary
 
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96 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
This movie represents a handful of films made starring Charles Bronson that deal with Mexico and Chicano characters. The pictures are Breakout (1975), Mr. Majestyk (1974) and Borderline (2008).See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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 »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Remade as Proof of Life (2000)See more »

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27 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Easily One of Bronson's Best, 9 July 2002
Author: curtis martin from Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain

"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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