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Breakout -- Charles Bronson and Robert Duvall star in this explosive story of a Mexican prison break


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Release Date:
7 March 1975 (West Germany) See more »
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!
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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  (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)
Kay Powell .... hairdresser (uncredited)
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 .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sam Gordon .... props (uncredited)
Johnny Lattanzio .... painter (uncredited)
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Jim Pearsall .... graphic design: charcoal drawings and paintings (uncredited)
Mike Winkelman .... greensman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Al Overton Jr. .... sound
Donald A. Bolger .... mikeman (uncredited)
Richard Daniel .... location sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects
Dick Dial .... stunt coordinator
Russ Dodson .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... 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
Kenny Bell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Cordell Boyd .... electrician (uncredited)
Lee Crossover .... grip (uncredited)
Ralph Gerling .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Clyde Hart .... head grip (uncredited)
Chuck Howard .... electrician (uncredited)
Clifford Hutchison .... head gaffer (uncredited)
Lee Kosgrove .... crab dolly (uncredited)
Robert D. McBride .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Eugene Mendez .... grip (uncredited)
Harold Rabuse .... grip (uncredited)
Ron Tickle .... best boy (uncredited)
Bobs Watson .... best boy (uncredited)
Bob Wooten .... electrician (uncredited)
Harry Young .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Yuricich .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lambert Marks .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Edna Taylor .... wardrobe: ladies (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard A. Radecki .... assistant editor (as Tony Radecki)
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tino Caira .... driver (uncredited)
Jerry Callahan .... driver (uncredited)
Michael Connolly .... driver (uncredited)
Milton Dorn .... driver (uncredited)
Joe Gary .... driver (uncredited)
Russ Meadows .... driver (uncredited)
John William Miller .... driver (uncredited)
Gerald R. Molen .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Richard Padgett .... driver (uncredited)
Earl Pierson .... driver (uncredited)
John Rasmussen .... driver (uncredited)
Tim Roslan .... driver (uncredited)
Lief Sand .... driver (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
Ernest Anderson .... publicist (uncredited)
Jim Hatton .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Vince Martinez .... auditor (uncredited)
Frank Tallman .... pilot (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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96 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Iceland:12 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (re-rating) | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1975) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (nf) (cut)

Did You Know?

This movie is one of only two pictures starring Charles Bronson which use alliteration rhyming his last name with the picture's title. The words BRONSON - BREAKOUT share the same first two letters: "B" and "r". The other movie which also did this was Breakheart Pass (1975), interestingly, made by the same director (Tom Gries) and also made in the same year.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Myrna:Rape... I should be so lucky.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The First Nudie Musical (1976)See more »


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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Charles Bronson breaks all the rules and still comes out a winner, 8 May 2005
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

In a rare show of his comedic talents as well as having more lines of dialog to read then in his last two or three films put together Charles Bronson as crackerjack pilot Nick Colton is really enjoying himself in the movie "Breakout". Together with his wife, in real life, Jill Ireland as Ann Wagner the wife in the film who's husband Jay, Robert Duvell,Nick Bronson is out to rescue Jay from a brutal Mexican prison.

Jay was framed by non-other then his grandfather Harris Wagner, John Huston, who together with his silent partners in the fruit and transportation business The CIA. Wagner feels that Jays free spirited and revolutionary ideas are a treat to the future of his company and has Jay arrested in Satiago Chile for a murder in Mexico some 2,000 or so miles away. Thrown before a Mexican kangaroo court, with a paid-off judge presiding, Jay's guilt despite the illogic fact that he can't be at two places at the same time, Mexico & Chile,is a forgone conclusion and he's sent up the river for 28 years in a castle-like Mexican prison.

Nick hired by Ann to rescue her husband is stifled by Jays sleazy grandpa Harris Wagner who Ann, unknowing that he had her husband set up, is totally trustful of. Nick realizing that the best way to get Jay freed is to do it by air and to keep the plan only to himself and his fellow rescuers Hawk Hawkins & Myrna, Randy Quaid & Sheree North, which leads to the exciting final. Nick not only rescues Jay but also finds out who that lousy creep Cable, Paul Mantee, really is by him making sure, for Harris and the CIA, that his rescue of Jay falls flat on it's face. Cable is to murder Ann's husband if he ever makes it back to the USA, where the Mexican police can't touch him.

Charles Bronson as Nick Colton and wife Jill Ireland as Ann Wagner really touch off sparks in all their scenes together even though Jill isn't married to him in the movie and they have no romantic scenes in the film at all. Nick's trying to learn how to fly a helicopter didn't go that well at all at the start of his lessons from helicopter pilot Harve, Alan Vint. Later when he took off by himself, Harve felt that the rescue attempt was to dangerous, with only three flying lessons under his belt had even Herve surprised and shocked at just how good he was at the controls.

Tense action when Nick tries to land and then rescue the very sick Jay Wagner who escapes from the prison hospital with the help of fellow prisoner Sosa, Jorge Moreno. Sosa who ironically was part of the frame-up that put Jay there in the first place may have gotten guilt feelings about what he did to Jay.

Some really great stunts in the movie with a man falling some 100 feet from a helicopter straight through the roof of a house, with what looked like nothing to break his fall. Later at the airport across the border in Texas at the end of the movie one of the baddies is sliced to pieces, by an oncoming jumbo passenger plane, as if he were a roll of salami.

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