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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Henderson ...
The Warden
Russell Kiefel ...
Brian M. Logan ...
Cheuk-Fai Chan ...
Machs Colombani ...
David Argue ...


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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No guards. No walls. No escape. 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


$20,000,000 (estimated)


£592,233 (UK) (17 June 1994)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is known in other countries as "Escape from Absolom". See more »


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 »


Warden: You have come here from all over the world because society has no further use for you. The international prison system has given up all hopes of your rehabilitation. This place will now be your holding pen untill your death. Because death is the only way out. There is no chance of reprieve here, No possibility of escape. You are condemned. Either accept it... Or die...
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References Papillon (1973) See more »


Written by Harry Wayne Casey & Richard Finch
Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band
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Goodfella. Badfella.
30 March 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Decent enough action flick about a futuristic island penal colony that no one has ever escaped - enter murderer Robbins (Ray Liotta) who manages to break all the rules and band together with a group of fellow escapees (Kevin Dillon and Lance Henriksen). Together they try to leave the island but find themselves faced with no escape, hence the title of the film.

Ray Liotta ("Goodfellas") is quite good in the action hero role - one that might usually be reserved for a Schwarzenegger or Stallone. But the real flaw of the film lies in the long sequences in between the good escape sequences and action sets - such as all the extremely unbelievable, plot-driven, corny dialogue.

Dillon (Bunny from "Platoon" and Matt's brother) is OK but his character isn't quite as "cool" as the filmmakers think he is. Henriksen ("Aliens") is good as usual but really the film comes down to Liotta's performance. It drives the movie forward but I can't really say it's anything tremendously special.

3/5 stars.

  • John Ulmer

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