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The Escape Artist (1982)

PG  |   |  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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Stu Quiñones
Griffin O'Neal ...
Danny Masters
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Mayor Quiñones (as Desiderio Arnaz)
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Arlene
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Aunt Sibyl
Gabriel Dell ...
Uncle Burke
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Vernon
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Sandra
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Fritz
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Magic Shop Owner
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Cop at Mayor's Office
Helen Page Camp ...
Neighbor
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Newspaper Editor
Harry Caesar ...
Sax Player
Huntz Hall ...
Turnkey
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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 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 »

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28 May 1982 (USA)  »

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60 minuti per Danny Masters  »

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Trivia

First major role in a feature film of actor Griffin O'Neal. The picture was not O'Neal's debut as has been often reported as O'Neal had appeared as a bicycle boy in director Peter Bogdanovich's Nickelodeon (1976) starring his father Ryan O'Neal. See more »

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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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Strangely Affecting Movie
9 March 2001 | by (Mountain View, Ca) – See all my reviews

This is one of those odd movies which is much greater than the sum of its parts. Leonard Maltin is quite right that it is muddled, and the plot has tons of holes and inconsistencies. The casting is odd and quirky. But when the smoke clears, it stays with you. Maybe it's just the concept of a child prodigy magician. BTW, the contemporary reviews in 1982 were pretty much in accord with this opinion.


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