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The Escapist (2002)

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The skilled pilot Denis Hopkins lives with his pregnant wife Valerie and has a comfortable lifestyle. When the gang of criminals headed by the sadistic Ricky Barnes breaks in his seaside ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Ricky Barnes
Valerie Hopkins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Barnes ...
D.I. Simm
Michael Bates ...
Guard 1
Prison Officer
Barry Cassin ...
Denis' Brief
Duty Medical Registrer


The skilled pilot Denis Hopkins lives with his pregnant wife Valerie and has a comfortable lifestyle. When the gang of criminals headed by the sadistic Ricky Barnes breaks in his seaside house, Denis offers whatever the criminals want to protect his beloved wife but the evil Ricky kills Valerie. The baby is saved, and later the murderer is arrested and sent to the maximum security prison of Sullen Voe. Denis, moved by the purpose of avenging the death of Valerie, gives the baby and his house to his sister-in-law Christine. Then Denis breaks into a police car and is arrested, but he does not reveal his true name and is called John "What" by the prisoners and guards. Denis attempts to escape, forcing his transfer to Sullen Voe. When he reaches the prison, Ricky sets up a confrontation, but things do not happen the way Denis expected. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He can escape from anything... except his past.

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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17 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Bijeg osvetnika  »

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The main character Dennis sharpens a spoon in his cell into a weapon by rubbing the end of the (stainless steel) spoon on what is clearly (aluminum) checker plate. As aluminum is a much softer metal than steel, the checker plate would be worn away and it would be impossible to file down the spoon in this way. See more »


Denis: A man kills the person you love without reason. You try to remember something he said to make sense of what he did, but there's nothing there. I don't know what I expected to feel, not victory - none of this could bring Valerie back. I hadn't thought of any future beyond killing Ricky Barnes. They say an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.
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a revenge drama more than anything,
28 November 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

and i do mean drama.this is not an action packed movie.the emphasis is definitely on the drama.it's all about the trouble a man goes to to get revenge on a guy who killed his wife.it takes quite awhile to get there,and when it does,it's almost not worth it,at least in my opinion.i don't mind if a movie takes awhile to get to the payoff,except in this movie,there isn't really a payoff.i sorta wondered to myself if it was worth all the trouble the guy went through.but the movie is at least watchable.plus,there is a bit of character development and there's some pretty good acting.plus,it's not as if the movie is drop dead boring or anything.i just expected more.if you're an action junkie,you should look elsewhere for your fix.you won't find it here.when all is said and done,i think The Escapist is worth a 6/10.

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