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The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987)

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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Robert Elliot Burns / Elliot 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
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Bones
Taylor Presnell ...
George Seales
Paul Benjamin ...
Big Sam
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Rayford
Esther Benson ...
Mother Burns
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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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Predictable but gripping
9 May 2000 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

This is a well produced and gripping film that effectively captures both the period and the grim reality of a Georgia prison camp. As soon as he met Emily, you just knew what would happen. But it's still worth a watch. I think I spotted one goof. In one scene in 1929 there is a dial telephone. I don't believe they were introduced until the thirties. Also there were not the sort of radio newscasts in the twenties that were used to advance the story. But both are small points in an otherwise excellent film.


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