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Lock Up (1989)

With only six months left of his sentence, inmate Frank Leone is transferred from a minimum security prison to a maximum security prison by a vindictive warden.

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Louie Munafo
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Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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He is only six months away from freedom. But a warden obsessed with revenge wants to take his future away. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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4 August 1989 (USA)  »

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Condena brutal  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,099,847 (USA)
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Danny Trejo: As a gang member of Chink's gang. See more »

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When Frank Leone is quickly forced out of his tiny jail cell his pants are not on, but as he appears out of the cell his pants are on. See more »

Quotes

Frank Leone: [after arriving at Gateway] You've got the wrong man! You made a mistake!
Warden Drumgoole: There's no mistake... Welcome to Gateway, Leone.
Frank Leone: Drumgoole?
Captain Meissner: That's Warden Drumgoole, convict!
Warden Drumgoole: Captain?
Captain Meissner: Move him!
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Vastly Underrated
29 October 2010 | by (Hollyrock, USA) – See all my reviews

This is probably Sylvester Stallone's best performance that wasn't in Copland or a Rocky / Rambo film.

While the muscle dudes of the 80s did a lot of character-free action, this one is an action film with some character and drama.

I was surprised that the average rating was only 5.8. I would rank it among the best action films of Stallone's resume and also among the best action films of the 80s.

The supporting performances are quite good all around. Donald Sutherland is solid as always, and you get easily the best performance of Sonny Landham's career and Tom Sizemore showing why he became a bigger star about 5 years down the road.

This is the only big movie where Larry Romano got more than a few lines and he does a good job as "First Base." I was a little surprised he didn't go much further and generally only appeared in the future when the casting director needed someone to "look and sound Italian." I recommend this one even if you aren't a big Stallone fan. If any lesser known film will change your mind about him, it's probably either Copland or this one.


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