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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!
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CHUCK SMILES!! A superb lightweight mid-70ies action-movie! See more (25 total) »


  (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
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
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

'Time Out' said that this movie had "a number of obvious plagiarisms (Chinatown (1974), Charley Varrick (1973), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974))".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: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:
Referenced in The First Nudie Musical (1976)See more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
CHUCK SMILES!! A superb lightweight mid-70ies action-movie!, 18 October 2006
Author: wmjahn from Austria

Recently I saw BREAKOUT again (I think the 3rd time in app. 20 years) and I liked it even more than I did remember! It's a really pleasant lightweight action-"comedy" and it shows a side of CHUCK, which many people have forgotten over the years: that he's a humorous guy and loves a smile once in a while.

When CHUCK made this one, he was the hottest ticket on earth. DEATH WISH I, the movie which defined the 70ies (alongside with THE GODFATHER), had drawn lines in front of cinemas and made millions and millions around the globe and the one he did right after that box-office smash was BREAKOUT. His status as # 1 box-office star also shows in this perfectly made movie, it has one of the best camera-works in any Bronson-movie and the supporting cast (Bob Duvall, John Huston, Randy Quaid, ...) is stellar and does a wonderful job, too. The music is composed by Jerry Goldsmith, who did quite a number of other scores for Bronson-movies, and Goldsmith is at the peak of his creative powers in the early to mid-70ies. The no-nonsense direction is delivered by veteran-director Tom GRIES, who made BREAKHEART PASS with CHUCK a little later (another nice one, but not as good as this movie).

Of course the story is nothing special, just another prison-flight-movie, but that's not the point. Dismissed as lightweight entertainment, critics in the 70ies (when great action-pics were not uncommon, contrary to today) completely overlooked the above achievements and turned down the wonderful good-natured performance CHUCK delivers in this one.

Just take the scene, in which nose-up Jille IRELAND arrives at his lot, Randy Quaid is just burning stinking fish (!) and a dirty Bronson with a smile (and a worthless cheque) engages in truly funny dialogue with his real-life wife. BREAKOUT has many such moments and the action scenes, which come in at a perfect timing, are also well-staged and well-delivered.

Looking at this movie, one can't resent the idea that everybody on the set must have had a great time and any audience will have the same great time watching CHUCK smile and deliver a truly beautiful performance while kicking ass only once in a while in this rather untypical Bronson-movie.

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