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I been sent down for some stretches in the past, but this – let me you tell you guv’nor – this is one spell in old chokey that I ain’t looking forward to with all you other lags. Snout. Officer. Erm. Well, as you may be able to tell, I probably wouldn’t last long in prison.
In truth, the closest I’ve ever come to a life of crime was enduring a 3-hour game of Cluedo, that had no obvious solution, as the person who put the cards in the little folder in the middle had messed up. So the answer was Mrs White, in the Lounge…with the Billiard Room. After that ended, I very nearly attacked the chap in charge with the little spanner – it somehow seemed fitting.
I think I’ve been kept on the straight and narrow in my life because I’ve always had »
- Tim Colman
I’ve always been of the opinion that Stuart Gordon’s futuristic prison flick Fortress doesn’t get enough love. Not a perfect movie by any means, but one I’ll be more than happy to add to my Blu-ray collection and hope you will too, lest I be forced to activate the Intestinator.
Stuart Gordon followed-up Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dolls, and Robot Jox by stepping into Paul Verhoeven territory with this violent 1992 sci-fi thriller starring Highlander Christopher Lambert and Loryn Locklin as a husband and (pregnant) wife arrested for violating the population control policies of the dystopian future; their punishment being a life sentence in a corporate-controlled, state-of-the-art, supermax prison.
Robocop villain and “That 70’s Show” dad Kurtwood Smith plays the authoritarian prison warden who takes an unhealthy obsession on Lambert’s wife. Mohawked Road Warrior bad guy Vernon Wells and Re-Animator himself, Jeffrey Combs, co-star as fellow inmates. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Jan 16, 2013
When it comes to action movie heroes, the time doesn't always fit the crime. We look at a few characters who faced wrongful imprisonment...
"Everyone in here is innocent, you know that," Morgan Freeman's character says in The Shawshank Redemption. If a prison were populated with heroes from action movies, that statement would be absolutely true. Looking back over the last quarter century of genre flicks, it soon becomes apparent that if an action protagonist goes to prison, it's usually for a crime he (or she) didn't commit.
This is probably because most action stars don't want to play convicted murderers (a trend bucked by Vin Diesel in Pitch Black), though as the list below proves, there's at least one macho actor who seems to like films which involve being sent to jail in dubious circumstances. What follows isn't an exhaustive list, but it at least illustrates that, »
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