A soldier convicted for murdering his commanding officer is dumped and left to die on a prison island inhabited by two camps of convicts.

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Casey
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Stephano
Don Henderson ...
Killian
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King
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Dysart
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The Warden
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Hawkins
Russell Kiefel ...
Iceman
Brian M. Logan ...
Scab
Cheuk-Fai Chan ...
Skull
Machs Colombani ...
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David Argue ...
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Storyline

Robbins is sentenced to prison for the assassination of his general officer, a prison you leave only when you die. Since nobody ever leaves the prison, nobody knows what the prison is like. The prison manager realizes this and buys himself an island playground called "Absolom," where the worst prisoners are free to create an isolated barbaric society, and where the strongest men rule...a living hell. Robbins is sent to Absolom after he almost kills the prison manager. Written by dmcgar2@yahoo.com

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Rated R for a considerable amount of strong violence, and for some language | See all certifications »

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29 April 1994 (USA)  »

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The Penal Colony  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,340,000 (USA)
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The film is a loose adaptation of the 1987 novel "The Penal Colony" by Richard Herley. In the novel, the British government runs prison island for convicts from it's mainland prisons. On those prison islands, new arrivals are dumped on the islands by helicopters, where they must learn to survive and satellites are used to keep an eye on the convicts. A man named Anthony John Routledge, wrongly convicted of a sex-murder, which he didn't do, is dumped on "Sert", a prison island off the north Cornish coast and he soon learns not all the convicts on the prison island are savage and discovers a community of resourceful men led by one man and he sets out to forget the rules of living a civilized life. See more »

Goofs

When Dysart hands Robbins a pair of Molotov Cocktails, he says they were invented by a man named "Sergei Molotov". This is, in fact, incorrect. The Molotov Cocktail was first used in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) before actually gaining this name in the Winter War (1939) between Finland and the Soviet Union. The Finns used this incendiary weapon to great affect against the Soviets and gave it the name the "Molotov Cocktail" as an insult directed towards the Soviet foreign minister, Vyacheslav Molotov. No one named Sergei was involved in the making of the weapon. See more »

Quotes

Marek: I could use a man like you! A position on my staff, perhaps...
[gestures at the body]
Marek: we appear to have an opening!
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Soundtracks

SON OF A PREACHER MAN
Written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins
Performed by Dusty Springfield
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A forgotten movie
1 February 2002 | by (Ljubljana, Slovenia) – See all my reviews

I totally agree with the comment given by Slurpee 7. I first saw it as a young teen and thought it was OK, but every time I saw it afterwards it just kept getting better and better. I don't know why. The story is very simple, but Campbell's movies just make you forget about that(e.g. Vertical limit- with a rather stupid story). This is the first movie I ever saw Ray Liotta and the man just has such powerful and "vicious" eyes.Great for the part. And the villain(excellently portrayed by Wilson), referring to his "habitat" as a first class hotel and making constant jokes - gotta love it. A movie about survival, and what a man is actually prepared to do for it. 9/10


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