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Lock Up (1989)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  4 August 1989 (USA)
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With only 6 months left of his prison sentence inmate Frank Leone is transferred from minimum security to maximum security by a vindictive warden.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lilla ...
Ernie (as Dean Duval)
Jerry Strivelli ...
Louie Munafo
Kurek Ashley ...
Chink's Gang


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 <>

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Stallone...behind bars? Not for long. See more »


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Release Date:

4 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Condena brutal  »

Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)


$22,099,847 (USA)

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The amount of time at the start of the film that inmate Frank Leone (Sylvester Stallone) had to go for his sentence to finish was six months. See more »


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 »


Eclipse: Tell me, what put you in the joint in the first place?
Frank Leone: Well, one night these punks broke into the garage and put a beating on old man Galetti. The whole neighborhood knew about it. The cops knew about it. But I guess these punks were connected, so the cops didn't do anything and I did. So after all the smoke had cleared, these guys ended up in the hospital and I ended up doing 18 months in Treadmore for aggravated assault.
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Written by Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik
Published by WB Music Corp./Easy Action Music!
Holy Moley Music Rude Music Inc.
Performed by Jimi Jamison
Courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records, Inc.!
CBS Records, Inc., Music Licensing Department
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Great movie,Stallone is back after Rambo's success
28 July 2002 | by (Athens) – See all my reviews

I really enjoy watching this movie.Although the movie isn't much famous as Rambo or Rocky series it's a real masterpiece.Stallone gives an excellent performance as Frank Leone- a convict that is pushed too much and not fairily from the prison warden (D.Sutherland) who has a personal vendetta with him.Frank finally achieves in an astonishing way to prove that the warden has set him up in order to escape.There is where his personal drama ends.

It's a drama-action-romance movie that it's worth to see it not only for the good performances(S.Stallone,T.Sizemore,L.Romano,F.McRay) but for the suspense especially in the end.

For me it's just a Stallone's classic one, so take a seat and enjoy this really entertaining movie

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