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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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Breakout: The true story See more (27 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)
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
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 was made and released about two years after its source book 'Ten Second Jailbreak' was first published in 1973. The book's full title is actually 'The Ten-Second Jailbreak: The Helicopter Escape Of Joel David Kaplan'. The authors were Warren Hinckle, William Turner and Eliot Asinof.See more »
Continuity: In the helicopter training scene, Charles Bronson is suddenly wearing sunglasses when less than a second before he was not.See more »
Jay Wagner:[Referring to a conjugal visit from his wife] The day I'm reduced to making love in here is the day I give up.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The First Nudie Musical (1976)See more »


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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Breakout: The true story, 19 December 2003
Author: Maya37

The movie "Breakout" was based on a true story by Joel Kaplan, the man who actually broke out of a Mexican prison, after being framed for murder. He wrote the book, and I dated his sister. It was actually his sister who arranged his escape, not his fictional Hollywood wife. Hollywood greatly exaggerated the true story. Even the Mexican Attorney General admitted this was the greatest escape in Mexican prison history! The New York Times backs my story in about 1972. Jack Sandy

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