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Fortress (1992)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi  |  3 September 1993 (USA)
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A futuristic prison movie. Protagonist and wife are nabbed at a future US emigration point with an illegal baby during population control. The resulting prison experience is the subject of ... See full summary »

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Nino Gomez (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
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Tom Towles ...
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Maddox
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon ...
Zed-10 (voice)
Alan Zitner ...
Claustrophobic Prisoner
Deni Gordon ...
Karen's Cellmate
Eric Briant Wells ...
Border Guard
Dragicia Debert ...
Bio Scanner Guard
Heidi Stein ...
Pregnant Woman
Harry Nurmi ...
Guard #1
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A futuristic prison movie. Protagonist and wife are nabbed at a future US emigration point with an illegal baby during population control. The resulting prison experience is the subject of the movie. The prison is a futuristic one run by a private corporation bent on mind control in various ways. Written by Mark Allyn <allyn@netcom.com>

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A Prison of the Future. A High-Tech Hell. Built to Hold Anything... Except an Innocent Man. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality | See all certifications »

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3 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,739,141 (USA)
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Trivia

Christopher Lambert replaced originally cast Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Brennick, when Schwarzenegger dropped out to do Last Action Hero (1993). See more »

Goofs

When Brennick uses the shovel to sever a drone's arm, the part of the shovel's blade that has been cut out to fit the stunt person's arm is visible. See more »

Quotes

Stiggs, Maddox's Buddy: Smart fish! Very smart.
[laughs]
Stiggs, Maddox's Buddy: You know, the two of you gotta pay the rent.
John Henry Brennick: I do my own time.
Stiggs, Maddox's Buddy: There's all kinds of time. Think about it: you don't pay the rent, me and Maddox come and get it.
John Henry Brennick: [to D-Day] That you?
Stiggs, Maddox's Buddy: [laughs] No. Maddox is hard to miss. He's got a 187 tattooed on his forehead. Do you know what 187 means, fish?
John Henry Brennick: Bet it's not your IQ.
Nino Gomez: 187, murder statute. He's doing the big biz.
Stiggs, Maddox's Buddy: So maybe you want to pay the rent after all.
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Referenced in The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (2004) See more »

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Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080 Contrapunctus 11 a 4
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Bell'Arte Ensemble
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Another Cult Favorite from Professional B Filmmaker:Stuart Gordon.
3 September 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In the Grim Future on 2017... When the planet is been overpopulated and crimes has been rising. One of the new laws states that a couple are allowed to have one child now, even if the new born baby dies at birth. When John Brenneck (Christopher Lambert) and his wife Karen (Loryn Locklin) broken the law, when his wife finds himself pregnant after losing their first child at birth. When John's wife escapes from the U.S. Border, John finds himself sent in Prison for over 30 years. But this "Fortress" is controlled by a cold hearted if odd Prison Warden Poe (Kurtwood Smith). This prison is very strict, inmate's are controlled by a small explosive devices that are blasted into the digestive system via the throat and robotic controlled security devices that could look into the inmates dreams. Now John and other prisoners (Clifton Collins Jr., Jeffery Combs, Lincoln Kilpartick & Tom Towles) tires to find other ways to escape the Fortress but John finds out that his pregnant wife is captured and is kept in Poe's working area.

Directed by Stuart Gordon (Edmond, Re-Animator, Stuck) made an entertaining high concept low-budget Science Fiction adventure. This is probably the biggest budget that the independent filmmaker Gordon had to work with at $12 Million. Which it was originally going to be a bigger budgeted movie if Arnold Schwarzenegger was cast in the lead but Schwarzenegger went on to do "True Lies" instead. The actors gives good performances (especially Smith) and the feature has some fascinating ideas.

This is update from March 25, 2013 for the Blu-ray. Blu-ray from Echo Bridge has an pretty good anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) transfer and an fine DTS 2.0 HD Sound. There is no special features from this Blu-ray.

"Fortress" was an box office disappointment, when it was first released in the fall of 1993. But the feature was an international success and the sequel was produced (It was watchable but poorly produced sequel). This is One of Gordon's best movies and it's certainly worth seeing. (****/*****).


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