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

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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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Tagline:
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 (27 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)
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
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Runtime:
96 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Myrna:I have to be convincing and I've never been raped.
Nick Colton:We should all be so lucky.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The First Nudie Musical (1976)See more »

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24 out of 35 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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