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The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  31 October 1987 (USA)
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The true story of Robert Elliot Burns, the prisoner who, after being sentenced to a Georgia chain gang, attempted two daring escapes.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Robert Eliot Burns / Eliot Roberts
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Warden Hardy
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Emily Del Pino Pacheco
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Lillian Salo
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Father Vincent Godfrey Burns
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Pappy Glue
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Flagg
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Trump
Taj Mahal ...
Bones
Taylor Presnell ...
George Seales
Paul Benjamin ...
Big Sam
Bill Bolender ...
Rayford
Esther Benson ...
Mother Burns
Burt Conway ...
Father Burns
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A veteran of World War I returns to the United States but cannot find his place in the society. For a small robbery he is condemned to ten years of prison... Written by Volker Boehm

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31 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Der Mann, der 1000 Ketten sprengte  »

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Last film directed by Daniel Mann. See more »

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[repeated line]
Robert Eliot Burns: I fought for you!
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Version of I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) See more »

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Good, solid remake of the Paul Muni classic
4 November 2001 | by (Chancellorsville VA) – See all my reviews

Nicely cast, well-directed film, and a fitting "last hurrah" for the magnificent character actor Elisha Cook Jr, who plays Kilmer's aging mentor on the chain gang. Cook, best remembered for his portrayal of "Wilmer" (the cheap little gunsel) in THE MALTESE FALCON, does his usual superb supporting work.

KIlmer does a fine job, not falling into the obvious trap of going "over the top" -- which might be an understandable portrayal if this were fiction, but Kilmer's (like Muni's) somewhat subdued performance is much more in keeping with the real-life character's personality. Both versions drive me a bit nuts because I keep wanting him to kill his wife, who turned him in out of pure vindictiveness.


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