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No Escape (1994)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  29 April 1994 (USA)
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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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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 ...
Ratman
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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The year is 2022. In the prison of the future escape is impossible. Survival isn't much easier. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

29 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Penal Colony  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£592,233 (UK) (17 June 1994)
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Trivia

Ray Liotta's character Robbins only smiles four times throughout the entire film. 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: Now, anyone who would like to disagree with me, would you please raise your right hand.
[Looks around]
Marek: If you've got one.
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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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Better Than How It First Looks
4 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On the surface, this looks like a dumb movie which is overly violent and too seedy because it features nothing but hardened criminals plus the normal sadistic warden Hollywood always shows in all modern-day films.

But....it turns out the story isn't as sordid as it looks and the violence, although plentiful, is somehow not overdone. Also, the chief villain " Walter Marek" (Stuart Wilson) is a man with a good sense of humor. The comedic relief he brings is a real plus to the story. By the way, Wilson doesn't look like Mel Gibson but his voice sure sounds similar.

"No Escape" is strictly an action movie with an all-male cast that has a grim atmosphere of convicts fighting it out on an inescapable island in the year 2022.

Profanity isn't as much as you'd except in a tough film like this and - in a real oddity - Lance Henriksen is the nicest guy in the movie! He never utters a bad or angry word. If you know the characters Henriksen usually plays, you know this is a rarity. Ray Liotta, Michael Lerner and Ernie Hudson also star, so it's a decent cast.

You could do a lot worse looking for two hours of "escapist" fare.


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