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The Escape Artist (1982)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  28 May 1982 (USA)
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The young and self-confident Danny blufs at the local police-station that he will escape out of prison within one hour. What follows is a flashback about his childhood with his uncle and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stu Quiñones
Griffin O'Neal ...
Danny Masters
Mayor Quiñones (as Desiderio Arnaz)
Aunt Sibyl
Gabriel Dell ...
Uncle Burke
Magic Shop Owner
Cop at Mayor's Office
Helen Page Camp ...
Newspaper Editor
Harry Caesar ...
Sax Player
Huntz Hall ...


The young and self-confident Danny blufs at the local police-station that he will escape out of prison within one hour. What follows is a flashback about his childhood with his uncle and aunt, which are 'vaudeville'-artists themselves. We also follow the problems of Danny with the corrupt son of the mayor. Written by Evert Poppen

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He can get away with anything, that's why they call him The Escape Artist See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA)  »

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60 minuti per Danny Masters  »

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Caleb Deschanel was hired to direct this movie after lensing The Black Stallion (1979) for Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studio's fore-runner "Omni Zoetrope". Some movie posters declared that the film was "A new motion picture from the producers of The Black Stallion (1979)...". See more »


Danny Masters: You wanna know what you need? You need an education.
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Referenced in The Dream Studio (2004) See more »

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Brilliant but confusing.
13 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This unheralded gem was produced by Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studios.

I give it 10 stars for the theme music alone.

There are some very good performances by Griffin O'Neal (his debut) as Danny and Desi Arnez Sr (Lucille Ball's husband) as the crooked Mayor...but the best performances are Raul Julia as Stu, the slightly(!) unhinged son of the Mayor and Joan Hackett as Danny's Aunt Sibyl.

Funny and understated performances by John P Ryan as Stu's sidekick Vernon and Teri Garr as Stu's dotty girlfriend Arlene (pure eye-candy) are also worth mentioning.

There's even a couple of the original 'Dead-End Kids' in the mix, Huntz Hall and Gabriel Dell, plus the original Uncle Fester and silent screen kid actor, Jackie Coogan. I've just realised all the names I've mentioned bar O'Neal and Garr are all gone now. Sad.

M.Emmet Walsh throws in a greasy, smirking performance as the Chief Jailer with corruption oozing from every pore. Walsh never disappoints, even in a cameo role.

The ending just about pulls it all together but not quite, though it doesn't disappoint. Once again though...beautiful music

One strange thing, Richard Bradford as Sam the City Treasurer is missing off the film credits. It took me two updates to get his name listed on IMDb as uncredited.

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