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Cast

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Ken Finkleman ... George Findlay

Peter Keleghan ... Jim Walcott
Christian Potenza ... Chris
Jeremy Hotz ... Jeremy

Karen Hines ... Karen
David Huband ... Bruce

Reagan Pasternak ... Amanda, George's Assistant

Leah Pinsent ... Diane

Atom Egoyan ... Himself
Mary Crosbie ... Pippa Gainsborough
Donna Goodhand ... Rich Wife
Nancy Beatty ... Trimbell

Robert Lantos ... Himself

Mark Forward ... The Cannibal

Kedar Brown ... Security

Boyd Banks ... Martin

Debra McCabe ... Casting Person

Vik Sahay ... Third A.D.

Shawn Thompson ... First A.D.
Barry Stillwell ... Detective
Dan Murphy ... Dan

Tony Nardi ... Producer
Douglas Bell ... Executive #1
Johanna Schneller ... Executive #2
Leah McLaren ... Leah McLaren

Simon Reynolds ... The Writer

Kim Huffman ... Julia / George's Young Mother

Larissa Laskin ... Larissa

John Neville ... George's Father
Abe Cohen ... Young George
Ray Richardson ... The Inkspots
James Holler ... The Inkspots
William Eller ... The Inkspots
Erwin Payne ... The Inkspots
Dan Warry-Smith ... P.A.

Jason Blicker ... Himself
George Seremba ... Himself
James Gardiner ... Autograph Hound #1

Richard Howland ... Autograph Hound #2
Melissa May ... Woman getting out of car
Paulette Sinclair ... Waiter
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Adam Chuckryk
Addison Wylie ... Young George's Brother
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Directed by
Ken Finkleman 
 
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Ken Finkleman 

Produced by
Jan Peter Meyboom .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Joan Hutton 
 
Film Editing by
David Wharnsby 
 
Production Design by
Paul Ames (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Fiona Andrew 
Kevin Haeberlin 
 
Production Management
Colin Brunton .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cindy L. Irwin .... trainee assistant director
Matt West .... third assistant director
 
Sound Department
Allan Fung .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerry O'Hanley .... key grip
Brooke Palmer .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Nicole Hilliard-Forde .... casting associate
 
Editorial Department
Branko Vasovic .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Sophia Male .... assistant to director
Vera Santamaria .... production secretary
 

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Appreciating Finkleman's genius is hard to do... I certainly cannot., 8 June 2003
Author: Newshawk from Windsor, ON

"Escape" begins much like "The Newsroom" did. Finkleman is marvelous with his dialogue. We don't have Mark Farrell or Tanya Allen anymore, but Christian Potenza and Regean Pasternak are worthwhile replacements.

The film reaches a point in which Finkelman's trademark surrealism takes over, and this film jumps into the realm of "art" rather than "entertainment", complete with a blunt damning of the whole concept of reviving this show! Unfortunately, while The Newsroom quite often provided great entertainment, the "art" that is "Escape" does not.

Escape continues the tone established by More Tears, Foolish Heart, and Foreign Objects, none of which were nearly as successful as The Newsroom was, with good reason. Dry, biting satires are wonderful if done with some entertainment value, but lose their effect when they're just downright inaccessible, as this film had become. It's hard to be entertained at jokes about people dying from Anthrax.

Things do start to make sense at the end - you realize what Finkleman wanted to say and he then returns to the same lovable humour we've come to expect from him. Now that his point has been made (roughly 10 times now, from all of his series), he can get back to writing the wonderful satire we've come to enjoy so much.

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