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Release Date:
4 August 1989 (USA) See more »
How much can a man take...before he gives back? See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sylvester Stallone ... Frank

Donald Sutherland ... Warden Drumgoole

John Amos ... Meissner

Sonny Landham ... Chink

Tom Sizemore ... Dallas

Frank McRae ... Eclipse

Darlanne Fluegel ... Melissa

William Allen Young ... Braden

Larry Romano ... First Base

Jordan Lund ... Manly
John Lilla ... Wiley
Dean Rader-Duval ... Ernie (as Dean Duval)
Jerry Strivelli ... Louie Munafo
David Anthony Marshall ... Mastrone
Kurek Ashley ... Chink's Gang
Michael Petroni ... Chink's Gang

Danny Trejo ... Chink's Gang
Frank D'Annibale ... Guard
Tony Lip ... Guard
Clarence Moore ... Guard
Joe Pentangelo ... Guard (as Joe Pentangello)
Eli Rich ... Guard
Bo Rucker ... Guard
Randy Sandkuhl ... Guard
Robert Vazquez ... Officer Vasquez
Tony Munafo ... Prisoner

Frank Pesce ... Johnson
Troy Curvey Jr. ... Prison Receptionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anthony Crivello ... Tozar (uncredited)
Anthony Gray ... Prison Mechanic (uncredited)

Directed by
John Flynn 
Writing credits
Richard Smith (written by) and
Jeb Stuart (written by) and
Henry Rosenbaum (written by)

Produced by
Michael S. Glick .... executive producer
Charles Gordon .... producer
Lawrence Gordon .... producer
Lloyd Levin .... co-producer
Tony Munafo .... associate producer
Adam Simon .... co-producer
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Cinematography by
Donald E. Thorin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Don Brochu  (as Donald Brochu)
Robert A. Ferretti 
Michael N. Knue 
Barry B. Leirer 
Casting by
Joy Todd 
Production Design by
Bill Kenney 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Sr. 
Costume Design by
Bernie Pollack 
Makeup Department
Ann Brodie .... makeup artist: Mr. Sutherland
Colleen Callaghan .... hair stylist
Dennis Liddiard .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
Gary Liddiard .... makeup supervisor
Bruce Wayne .... hair stylist
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist: New York (as Alan Weisinger)
Production Management
Michael S. Glick .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... first assistant director
Nelson Cabrera .... second assistant director
Nelson Cabrera .... second unit director
Frank Capra III .... second assistant director
Stephen A. Glanzrock .... second assistant director
David Lux .... second unit director
Tracy Rosenthal-Newsom .... second assistant director (as Tracy Rosenthal)
David Sosna .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jerry Adams .... set decorator: Los Angeles
Clete Cetrone .... construction foreman
Gloria Ciraolo .... painter
Gerald DeTitta .... leadman
Brian J. Geary .... propmaker
Bruce J. Gfeller .... construction coordinator
Bill Groom .... art director: New York
Kurt V. Hulett .... set dresser
David L. McGuire .... set dresser
Sam Moore .... property master
Christopher Nelson .... set dresser
Lee N. Sforza .... propmaker foreman
William Ladd Skinner .... art director: Los Angeles (as Wm. Ladd Skinner)
Tom von Badinski .... welder
Renato Casaro .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Walter Baker .... sound re-recording engineer (as Walter L. Baker)
Rachel Bayon .... assistant sound editor (as Rachel Shaw-Bayon)
Bill W. Benton .... re-recording mixer
James Beshears .... supervising adr editor
John Brilhante .... sound re-recordist (as John W. Brilhante)
Allan Bromberg .... foley editor
David B. Cohn .... supervising sound editor
Carlos Delarios .... re-recording mixer
Michael J. Kohut .... re-recording mixer
Gary Mundheim .... sound editor
Bob Newlan .... sound editor
Alan L. Nineberg .... adr editor
Mark Ormandy .... assistant sound editor
Bill Rojas .... sound facility supervisor
Louis Sabat .... sound recordist
Dan Sharp .... sound re-recordist
John Sheridan .... boom operator
Gordon Webb .... boom operator
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer (as Charlie Wilborn)
James Beshears .... adr supervisor (uncredited)
Ed Callahan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jerry Jacobson .... adr editor (uncredited)
David Williams .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joe Digaetano .... special effects coordinator
David Domeyer .... special effects: Los Angeles (as Dave Domeyer)
Edward Drohan .... special effects
Terry Erickson .... special effects
David Fletcher .... special effects foreman
R.J. Hohman .... special effects crew
Robert Wilson Jr. .... special effects: New York
Robert Wilson Sr. .... special effects: New York
Visual Effects by
Joneva Barry .... miniatures painter: Introvision
John Coats .... visual effects camera: Introvision
Tim Donahue .... visual effects art director: Introvision
Richard Kilroy .... miniatures painter: Introvision
John P. Mesa .... visual effects cameraman
William Mesa .... visual effects supervisor
Issy Shabtay .... visual effects coordinator
Marcus Tate .... visual effects cameraman: introvision system camera
Warren E. Riggs .... model maker (uncredited)
Rick Taylor .... visual effects cameraman (uncredited)
Danny Aiello III .... stunts
Jay Boryea .... stunts
Paul Bucossi .... stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunts
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunts
Gary Compton .... stunts (as Garry Campton)
Doc Duhame .... stunts (as Doc Duhane)
Andy Duppin .... stunts
Danny Epper .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Tom Huff)
Matt Johnston .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Curtis Lupo .... stunts
Tom Lupo .... stunts
Reggie McElroy .... stunts
Bobby McLaughlin .... stunts (as Bobby Travis McLaughlin)
Bennie Moore .... stunts (as Benny Moore)
Phil Neilson .... stunts (as Phil Nielson)
Jeff O'Haco .... stunts
Frank Orsatti .... stunt coordinator
Manny Perry .... stunts
Rex Pierson .... stunts
Jeff Ward .... stunts
Richard Washington .... stunts
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (as George Wilbur)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (as Glen Wilder)
Mark De Alessandro .... stunt double: Sylvester Stallone (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Aguirre .... assistant camera
Lou Barlia .... camera operator: new jersey
James F. Boyle .... gaffer
Bobby Brown .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Daniel C. Gold .... first assistant camera
Rob Hahn .... camera operator
Douglas C. Hart .... first assistant camera: New Jersey
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Chaim Kantor .... second assistant camera: New York
Eric Leigh .... electrian
Riggs Murdock .... additional first assistant camera
Paul Murphey .... video assist operator
Timothy Prince .... video engineer
John Seakwood .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Boller .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Aubrey Head .... color timer
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Location Management
Lori A. Balton .... assistant location manager
Janice Polley .... location manager
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Jack Eskew .... orchestrator
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor
John Rotondi .... scoring engineer: Y4
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Celia Weiner .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Maxwell R. Johnson II .... transportation captain
Bobby Marsh .... driver
Other crew
Marcei A. Brown .... production assistant
Bill Johnson .... assistant production coordinator
Richard McQuilkin .... production assistant
Christopher Mollo .... production assistant
Melissa Smith .... director of operations
Kellett Tighe .... assistant: Lawrence Gordon
Michael Vieira .... production assistant
Kathryn Weygand .... script supervisor
Jeff Winn .... key craft service
Barry Fitzsimmons .... production assistant (uncredited)

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109 min
Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Australia:M (original rating) | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2010) | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16/13 (uncut) (2014) (Blu-ray) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1990) (VHS) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1990) (theatrical) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | Norway:18 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) (1989) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #29891) | West Germany:18 | West Germany:16 (cut)

Did You Know?

Sylvester Stallone originally created a character named "Chink Weber" for Rocky II (1979) who was to be played by Chuck Wepner. But the character was deleted from the script. Stallone reused the "Chink Weber" name for the script for this film with the part being played by Sonny Landham.See more »
Continuity: The amount of mud on the players clothes throughout the football game.See more »
Eclipse, Dallas, others:[after the re-building of the Mustang] When we're in a sober mood, we worry, work and think. When we're in a drunken mood, we gamble, play and drink. But when our moods are over, when our time is come to pass, we hope they bury us upside down, so the warden can kiss our ass!
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
All you want from a Sly Stallone movie is right here., 4 March 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Have to say right off that I can't believe the low rating for this one here, because it delivers everything that a Stallone fan would want, if one is loading this into the player then surely they know what to expect?

Frank Leone (Sylvester Stallone) only has a few weeks to go before being released from prison, he is no hard core offender, he is a loving man and is ready for a new life with his gorgeous girlfriend Melissa (Darlanne Fluegel). During the night he is whisked away to a maximum security prison on the orders of a sadistic warden out for revenge because Leone was the only man to have ever escaped from his prison, thus setting in motion the wheels of revenge.

We then follow Leone as he is pushed to the limits by crazy warden Drumgoole (Donald Sutherland) and all the sadistic guards under his command. He also enlists the help of resident inmate beefcake Chink Weber (Sonny Landham), and they all in turn try to break Leone at all costs to ensure that he never leaves prison again. There certainly is nothing here that hasn't been done before in the prison film genre, and only an idiot would expect anything other than the ending we get, but this is a Stallone movie and it's full of guts, testo macho action, and it should be noted that Sly here puts some depth to the character of Leone. He garners our sympathy quite quickly, and considering the bloke is built like the proverbial brick outhouse, it's quite an achievement.

The supporting players are a mixed bunch, this is Tom Sizemore's first motion picture and he does really well with the character of Dallas, Sonny Landham is his usual scary menacing self, whilst Frank McRae as Eclipse does just enough right to make his mark. So it's something of a surprise to me that the best actor on show is actually the film's weak link. Donald Sutherland does overplay it to the point that he goes beyond pantomime villain, it's a real teeth itching performance that he would only outdo with the dreadful Jamie Lee Curtis starrer, Virus, 10 years later, but in a film with such primal fun/action intentions, it doesn't ruin the film and leaves it all told as a fine genre piece.

No awards here for sure, but when I watch a film about a man played by Sly Stallone in prison then I think I know what to expect, and it delivers all that I hoped for, so hooray for the beefcake I say. 7/10

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