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Wedlock (1991)

A male prison escapee heads for his hidden loot electronically attached to a female prisoner.

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Frank (Rutger Hauer has been convicted of stealing millions of dollars of diamonds which have not been recovered. In his uni-sex prison, each inmate has an unknown partner; when the two are separated by more than 100 yards, an explosive collar kills both inmates. Frank and his female partner escape and head for the money, but they are hotly pursued by his double-crossing colleagues. Written by Rob Hartill

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Trapped in a prison of the future. Betrayed by a woman of his past. Frank Warren is wired to explode. See more »


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Rated R for some strong violence, and for language | See all certifications »
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5 September 1991 (Germany)  »

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Aliança Mortal  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Rutger Hauer and Joan Chen also appeared in The Blood of Heroes (1989) and Precious Find (1996). See more »

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Movie crew can be seen in Warden Holloway's glasses when Noelle give him the suitcase. See more »

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Warden Holliday: [to Frank] You non-conformists are all alike.
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The closing credits end with the sounds of the wedlock collar's warning alarm and an explosion. See more »

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Remade as Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 14 (1995) See more »

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A film with a one note sci-fi premise that won't be at the top of anyone's CV.
28 December 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

'Sometime in the future' (probably 1997), an electronics whiz gone bad named Frank (Rutger Hauer) was f*cked over by his partners in crime and sent to a revolutionary new prison. The hook of the new prison is that there are no walls or draconian confinement measures, prisoners wander around as they please. But each prisoner wears a bulky electronic collar this explodes if someone attempts to remove it. Furthermore each prisoner is linked to another unknown prisoner in the facility, and if they move more than 100 yards apart *BOOOM!!!*, both collars explode and you can cancel the hat shopping trip.

Bad luck I guess if your partner decides suicide is the solution…

Of course Frank manages to uncover the identity of his collar-buddy and the two escape, spending an hour or so coming perilously close to breaching the 100 yard boundary and going pop. To complicate matters the prison warden wants Frank for more than escaping, he wants to get his paws on the 25M he and his fellow crims managed to get away with, crims that by the way are back on the scene and want to talk to Frank for themselves for some reason.

Hauer actually gets to be a little sarcastic and dare I say salty with his dialogue in this film. Given the fact that it was always going to be a one note straight to VHS flick he hams it up merrily in some scenes, most notably when the warden initially hits him up for the diamonds. Rutger was never really very good at comedy, but at least he tries here.

Wedlock is actually quite solidly plotted in the early going. The initial robbery is well thought out and creative, and they obviously spent a bit of time fine tuning the details in the prison where other films might've said 'we thought of the exploding collars, that'll do'.

The relationship between Frank and fellow escapee played by Mimi Rogers is forced and arbitrary – as is to be expected in a B film where actual chemistry is less a priority than finding someone they could afford – and the supporting cast of fellow 80s and 90s bitzers only serve to further highlight the low budget nature of the film.

Final Rating – 5.5 / 10. Wedlock will definitely not demand a spot in your DVD collection, but 20 years or so since release it still justifies the hour and a half of your time.


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