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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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Lays the Foundation, Makes You Curious Enough to Keep Watching See more (6 total) »


 (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)
Quentin Matthys .... set dresser
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 »
Lincoln Burrows:[Lincoln sits beside Michael on a bench in the locker area] Did you mean what you said earlier?
Michael Scofield:I'm not here on vacation. Trust me.
Lincoln Burrows:Getting outside these walls is just the beginning. You're gonna need money.
Michael Scofield:[Looking over at Westmoreland] I'll have it.
Lincoln Burrows:And people on the outside. People that can help you disappear.
Michael Scofield:I've already got them.
[He looks over at Abruzzi]
Michael Scofield:They just don't know it yet.
Lincoln Burrows:[Looking confused] Look. Whatever you got going on, fill me in, 'cause I'm in the dark here.
Michael Scofield:[Smiling] Schapelle Associates got the contract to retrofit this place in ninety-nine, four million dollar contract, head partner couldn't crack it. So he subcontracted out. An under the table sorta deal with a former associate. That guy was one of the partners in my firm. Who basically goes through the whole plan, crossed the t's dotted the i's, grouted the tiles.
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Lays the Foundation, Makes You Curious Enough to Keep Watching, 22 February 2015
Author: RbDeraj from United States

The pilot episode did a good job of "laying the foundation" for the story and filling us in on all of the essential background details. The story was interesting enough to make me want to see more but it all seemed a little emotionally flat. It wasn't incredibly gripping, engaging, or as intense as I would have expected given the seriousness of the subject matter.

I found some of the details regarding prison life very unrealistic. Many times our main character was uncuffed around unarmed personnel, or like the scene where a prisoner gets a private room for an intimate meeting with his fiancé. What warden of a maximum security prison can be bribed over a popsicle stick sculpture? Do you really need to be an engineer to build one of those? Why is there always a corrupt catholic priest?It is not very original. Also prison (especially of this caliber) is definitely not TV-14 rated. While is is not necessary to make shows extremely obscene, a little more roughness/crudeness would make this scenario more believable. The tattoo revealing at the end was a nice finishing touch and was probably the most intriguing scene. Overall, it was just okay which is not a good sign as this is currently the seventh highest rated episode in the series. But with that, I am curious enough to keep watching.

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