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"Prison Break" Pilot (2005)

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Prison Break: Season 1: Episode 1 -- A man gets himself sent to prison so he can plan an escape for his brother.


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Original Air Date:
29 August 2005 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Michael Scofield is imprisoned in Fox River State Penitentiary. He finds his brother, Lincoln Burrows, who is a death row prisoner, and tells him that he is going to break them both out of the prison. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Dominic Purcell ... Lincoln Burrows

Wentworth Miller ... Michael Scofield

Robin Tunney ... Veronica Donovan

Amaury Nolasco ... Fernando Sucre

Marshall Allman ... LJ Burrows

Peter Stormare ... John Abruzzi

Wade Williams ... Brad Bellick

Sarah Wayne Callies ... Dr. Sara Tancredi

Rockmond Dunbar ... Benjamin Miles 'C-Note' Franklin

Jessalyn Gilsig ... Lisa Rix

Muse Watson ... Charles Westmoreland

Paul Adelstein ... Paul Kellerman

Camille Guaty ... Maricruz Delgado

Chelcie Ross ... Bishop McMorrow
Laura Wade ... Syd, Tattoo Artist (as Laura Scott Wade)

Stacy Keach ... Warden Henry Pope
Danny McCarthy ... Daniel Hale

Rolando Boyce ... Cop

Cheryl Lynn Bruce ... Judge
Nicolas Iovino ... Brian
Ora Jones ... Wendy
Danielle Mulligan ... Nurse Ana
Rich Komenich ... Maggio

Christian Stolte ... Corrections Officer Keith Stolte

Phillip Edward Van Lear ... Louis Patterson

Jay Whittaker ... Sweatsuit (as Jay Whitaker)
Peggy Roeder ... Teller

Gianni Russo ... Gavin Smallhouse
Philip Rayburn Smith ... Adrian Rix (as Phil Rayburn Smith)

Anthony Starke ... Sebastian Balfour

Jeff Parker ... Tsili

Alan Wilder ... Prison Chaplain
Danny Maxwell ... Cronie #1 (as Dan Maxwell)
David Pacheco ... Speaking Prisoner #1
Darnell Jackson ... Speaking Prisoner #2
Billy Chase ... Speaking Prisoner #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Azrael ... Inmate #1 (uncredited)

Brandon DeShazer ... Young Inmate (uncredited)
Matt Dworzanczyk ... Priest (uncredited)

Matthew S. Harrison ... Corrections Officer #1 (uncredited)

Zachary Laoutides ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Larry Nazimek ... Inmate #3 (uncredited)

Robert Patrick Stern ... Inmate (uncredited)

David Dino Wells Jr. ... Inmate (uncredited)

James Zahn ... Inmate #4 (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Brett Ratner 
Writing credits
Paul Scheuring (created by) (as Paul T. Scheuring)

Paul Scheuring (written by) (as Paul T. Scheuring)

Produced by
Marty Adelstein .... executive producer
Steve Beers .... co-executive producer
Garry A. Brown .... producer
Neal H. Moritz .... executive producer
Dawn Parouse .... executive producer
Brett Ratner .... executive producer
Paul Scheuring .... executive producer (as Paul T. Scheuring)
Agatha Warren .... associate producer
Original Music by
Ramin Djawadi 
Cinematography by
Dante Spinotti 
Film Editing by
Mark Helfrich 
Casting by
Wendy O'Brien 
John Papsidera 
Production Design by
Gary Frutkoff 
Set Decoration by
Daniel B. Clancy 
Costume Design by
Betsy Heimann 
Makeup Department
Tom Berg .... tattoo designer
Suzi Ostos .... key makeup artist
Linda Rizzuto .... key hair stylist
Chelo .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Mike Mekash .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Mike Mekash .... tattoo makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Garry A. Brown .... unit production manager
Jim Sodini .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James M. Freitag .... first assistant director
Richard S. Lederer .... second assistant director (as Rich Lederer)
Michael T. McNerney .... second second assistant director
Art Department
William Dambra .... property master (as Billy Dambra)
Tom Glyn .... lead dresser
Harry N. Haase .... head painter (as Harry Haas)
Matthew J. Norskog .... stand-by carpenter
Tom Osman .... labor foreman
Tyler Osman .... construction coordinator
Jason Breitzman .... graphic designer (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
David J. Chamerski .... assistant property master (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Matt McKinney .... art department coordinator (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Marquee Reno .... construction estimator (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Larry Szymanowski .... art stand-by (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Sound Department
Damon Cohoon .... assistant sound editor
Michael Crabtree .... foley artist
Gregory King .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregory King .... supervising sound editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Landers .... additional re-recording mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
David Obermeyer .... sound mixer
Deron Street .... first assistant sound editor
Derrick Espino .... sound editor (uncredited)
Al Gomez .... foley mixer & editor (uncredited)
Eric Gotthelf .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jason Johnston .... boom operator (uncredited)
Troy Porter .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Meg Taylor .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Marilee Yorston .... foley assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John D. Milinac .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Jerry Pooler .... visual effects supervisor
Marco Recuay .... digital artist (uncredited)
Mark Harper .... stunt performer
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator (as Rick LeFevour)
Tom Lowell .... stunts
Daniel Maldonado .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Art Bartels .... key grip
Donald Carlson .... first assistant camera
Jaime Dawkins .... grip
Ronald Dragosh .... electrician
Gary Jay .... camera operator: "a" camera
Darryl Miller .... grip
Chris Mulsoff .... rigging electric best boy
Dick Oakes .... gaffer
Robert C. Carlson .... key assistant camera (uncredited)
Joe Carpita .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Thomas S. Ciciura .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Dawn Copeland .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Timothy Jipping .... grip (uncredited)
Andrew Lostumo .... grip (uncredited)
William R. Nielsen Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dan Schroer .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Dan Urbain .... film loader (uncredited)
Casting Department
Shelby Cherniet .... casting associate
Joan Philo .... extras casting
Claire Simon .... casting: Chicago
Teresa Thoma .... casting associate
Loriel Samaras .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gretchen Gain .... assistant costume designer (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Gretchen Gain .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Jeannie H. Kelly .... assistant costume designer (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Joyce Kogut .... costume supervisor (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Editorial Department
Mark Reaser .... dailies assistant
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... colorist
Julia Wong .... additional editor
Music Department
Andrew Dorfman .... music editor (as Andy Dorfman)
Charles Martin Inouye .... music editor (as Chuck Martin)
Transportation Department
William T. Hogan III .... transportation coordinator (as Billy Hogan)
Brian C. Pawlowski .... transportation manager (uncredited)
Joe Vanis .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Brady Breen .... location manager (as Patrick Brady Breen)
Anita S. Chang .... assistant: Mr. Ratner: Los Angeles (as Anita Chang)
Les Ford .... computer playback designer
Heather Fox .... assistant: Mr. Adelstein
Michael Franck .... aerial coordinator
Robin Ginsberg .... accountant
Karon Hamlet .... assistant: Mr. Beers and Mr. Scheuring
Shari Lynn Himes .... production coordinator
Martin Kitrosser .... script supervisor
David Kreger .... chef assistant
Adam Leiphart .... stand-in: Wentworth Miller
Timothy Morgan .... production assistant
John Rickard .... assistant: Mr. Ratner
Kelli Stember .... assistant: Ms. Parouse
Margaret A. Thomas .... production coordinator
Mono Wilborn .... assistant location manager
John David Wolfe .... assistant location manager
Jeremy Beiermann .... assistant production office coordinator (uncredited)
Sylvia Franklin .... script coordinator (uncredited)
Brett Gursky .... assistant: Brett Ratner (uncredited)
Jeffrey Hurt .... craft service foreman (uncredited)
Renee Kitterman .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Alex Lee .... production assistant (uncredited)
Moheen Ramsey .... production secretary (uncredited)
Ericka N. Shane .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Michelle R. Thomas .... assistant: Mr. Ratner (uncredited)
Kho Wong .... assistant: Mr. Brown (uncredited)

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Scheuring  created by (as Paul T. Scheuring)

Makeup Department
Gil Romero .... special effects appliances
Sound Department
Karl Dondlinger .... boom operator: second unit
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
Marc Meyer .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Kristen Branan .... head of production: Zoic Studios
Justin Jones .... digital compositor
Nathan Overstrom .... digital compositor
Corinne Pooler .... producer: Digital Dream
Bob Colletti .... stunts
Chris Nolte .... stunt double
Linda Perlin .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Tolbert .... aerial camera operator
Gary Tolbert .... aerial director of photography
Timothy Troy .... electrician
Steven J. Winslow .... aerial camera technician: Wescam camera
Kevin Wisor .... electrician
Casting Department
Clint Alexander .... casting coordinator: New York
Enero .... extras casting assistant
Meghan McLaughlin .... casting assistant
Bizhan Shahpar .... extras casting assistant
Jonathan Skogmo .... extras casting assistant
Editorial Department
Matt McClain .... dailies colorist
Jason Zakarian .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Todd Haberman .... additional music arranger
Other crew
Siobhan Barnett .... office production assistant
Adam Boor .... production assistant
Kevin Boyd .... video coordinator
Chris-Teena Constas .... location assistant
Diane Frances Fisher .... stand-in
Joseph R. Fitzgerald .... production assistant
P.J. Haines .... chef
Anna Ingenthron .... production assistant
Rosa Yang Kato .... assistant location manager (as Rosa Yang Kato)
Martha Lafage .... assistant location manager
Lynn C. Marchionno .... first assistant accountant
Marcus 'Q' Quandt .... production assistant
Stefan Rand .... production assistant
Paul Ruffolo .... additional set production assistant
Shenika Smart .... assistant accountant/payroll
Katie Wech .... assistant to writer
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • DeLuxe Laboratories  processing (as Deluxe)
  • IVC  post-production facilities (digital mastering)
  • R!ot  telecine and post production

Additional Details

42 min
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Factual errors: When Veronica is talking with Michael in jail, a guard says that visiting hours are over, and she gets up to leave as if required to do so. Constitutionally, any prisoner is allowed to see his or her lawyer any hour of any day of the year.See more »
Michael Scofield:Someone wants him dead, Veronica. Something more is going on here.
Veronica Donovan:This is desperation, Michael. You're grabbing at straws. You're in denial.
Michael Scofield:Maybe. But I can't watch him die. I won't do that.
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Captivating story, mazy relationships, good acting and well-designed sets, 14 November 2009
Author: igoatabase from France

Intrigued and puzzled. Two words I consider well describe how you should feel after watching Prison Break's pilot. As a teenager films like The Great Escape and Escape from Alcatraz fascinated me. However when it first aired I didn't have any expectations as I had never heard of the show before. The first effect was intense, the second, this one, was even better.

The very first minutes we're introduced to the protagonists : Michael Scolfield, his lawyer Veronica Donovan and his brother Lincoln Burrows. The last is in prison but he claims his innocence. The first believes him and has apparently a twisted plan to help his brother. The second knows them since childhood but she doesn't really know how to help them nor if she should trust them. This first episode arises so many questions that it's impossible to list them all. Is Michael a genius or out of his freaking mind ? Is Lincoln innocent or guilty ? What about the other characters ? Indeed some were introduced and it's obvious they'll be involved in some way with Michael and the puzzle he has apparently designed and is about to solve. But of course things quickly don't go as planned and it seems he'll have to deal with numerous problems and dangerous characters. So the story is really interesting and viewers enjoying mind games should really dig it.

The acting is also quite good, but not flawless, and the performers manage to make most characters grow on us. In fact some of their connections reminded me of Lost because you don't really know their relationships or stories. The directing and production quality are also great and it really feels like Michael has found a new comfy home to make long time friends. But the best thing about it, knowing what happened next, is that the best is yet to come. So the surprising events that occurred in the pilot are just the tip of the iceberg. And once you have seen it the only thing you'll want to do is dive into an enigmatic realm of chaos and manipulation.

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