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Avery (Jones) returns to college as a competitive swimmer after getting his life back on track. But his life takes another unexpected turn when he and his two friends (Bonds, Casseus) are wrongly accused of murder and end up in prison.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Avery Montgomery
Clean Up
Malachi Young
Graffiti (as David Shark Fralick)
Mike Butters ...
Mary Evans ...


Avery had to drop out of college to support his girlfriend Krista and their son Jordan, but he saved his money and is eager to get back in the game. He has returned to the swim meet circuit and is now having the time of his life. One night, after winning a race, he is approached by a college scout. Thrilled, he goes out with his friends Dre and Cashmere to celebrate. A gun used in a drive-by shooting somehow finds its way into Cashmere's car. The cops arrive, and soon the trio land in jail. Cashmere has an easier time adapting to penitentiary life than Dre and Avery, who are more unfamiliar with the gang life that pervades the environment. Avery clings to Krista and Jordan as reasons to hold on, but there is only one man who can, and will, fight on his behalf - Charles, his swimming scout, who believes in his innocence without question. Regardless of the outcome, Avery must learn to hold on to his ideals after the brutality he has witnessed. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence including sexual assaults, a strong scene of sexuality, pervasive language and graphic drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

4 February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A fogoly  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$83,377 (USA) (21 February 2003)


$449,482 (USA) (14 March 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


De'aundre Bonds was shot four times just days before the film began shooting. He arrived on the set limping and his limp was written into his character. See more »


During the final fight, the stab wound in Ruckus' back disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits have the following excerpt: "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me... ...they only see my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination -- indeed, everything and anything except me." Ralph Ellison Invisible Man See more »

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User Reviews

Surprisingly GOOD!!! could of been better if it has Popular Actors.
16 June 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Lockdown is a Low class Prison Movie that Entertains Big time. I enjoy watching Black Crime movies and like Prison Movies. I saw the cover of Lockdown and did'nt expect much. I still rented it out, since i had nothing else to watch. Surprisingly, the movie was very good with just a few bad scenes. If you enjoy watching Prison Break and like brutal prison movies, then this is a good choice. The movie shows some disturbing, brutal and harsh realities of American Prison life. It focuses on three friends who get arrested in suspection of murder. One of the friends, stupidly shoots at the police, which is why they get arrested. The acting ain't so professional, with not so popular actors and rappers in main roles. The storyline and direction was however very impressive. For all fans of this genre, i know there have been some crap movie with rappers in recent times, but this is worth the watch.

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