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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Release Date:

4 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Condena brutal  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)


$22,099,847 (USA)

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Principal actors in prison crowd scenes acting next to real life inmate extras and background artists were protected by around thirty costumed unarmed body guards. See more »


An electrical cable Dallas used to electrocute Officer Manly and himself changes position between shots after Dallas rips it from the circuit panel. It alternates between being attached to the railing and laying on the floor, completely detached from the railing. See more »


Frank Leone: Rape this!
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Referenced in Freak Out (2004) See more »


Written by Jim Peterik
Performed by The Ides of March
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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