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 ...
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King
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Hawkins
Russell Kiefel ...
Iceman
Brian M. Logan ...
Scab
Cheuk-Fai Chan ...
Skull
Machs Colombani ...
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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 »


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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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£592,233 (UK) (17 June 1994)
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Based on the novel "The Penal Colony" by Richard Herley. See more »

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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 »

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The Father: You've got a terrible case of "nobody tells me what to do".
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SON OF A PREACHER MAN
Written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins
Performed by Dusty Springfield
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Mad Max meets Fortress
28 January 2004 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

When I first sat down, to see this movie, I wasn't expecting much; In fact, I was preparing myself mentally for a total flop... but it really took me by surprise. It's actually quite interesting, and has some good action sequences. The plot is pretty interesting, and moves along very nicely, quickly moving on, constantly developing. The acting was convincing enough, there wasn't really any scenes that were terrible, even though a lot of the scenes and lines were very corny; it fit perfectly in with the movie, and as such wasn't out of place. It's pretty much a B-movie, but if you like(or just enjoy mildly) B-movies, you'll probably be at least reasonably entertained by it. It's reminiscent of movies like Fortress, but just a little better in that it's very unpredictable; no matter what you think is gonna happen, you'll be surprised again and again by what happens. It's pretty interesting all the way through, it has some good, 80's style action, corny B-movie lines, a B-movie feel throughout the movie... so, if you can watch it for free, either borrow it from a friend, or watch it on TV... if not, only watch it if you're into movies like Fortress. 6/10


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