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The Escapist (2008)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 20 June 2008 (UK)
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Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's ... See full summary »

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Frank Perry
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Rizza
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Lenny Drake
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Viv Batista
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Brodie
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Tony
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Jumpy Con
Vinnie McCabe ...
Sam (as Vincent McCabe)
Jack Walsh ...
Sikes
Frank O'Sullivan ...
Hedges
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Two Ton (as Sheamus O'Shaunessy)
Domhnall O'Donoghue ...
Mary
George Seremba ...
Stan
Eleanor McLynn ...
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Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and recruits a dysfunctional band of escapists - misfits with unique skills required for their daring plan and united by desire to escape their hell hole of an existence. Much of the action takes place within the tunnels, sewers and underground rivers of subterranean London. Written by Anonymous

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5 Men. 4 Walls. 1 Plan.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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20 June 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Menekülők  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,075 (USA) (3 April 2009)

Gross:

$13,023 (USA) (17 April 2009)
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The role of Frank Perry was written specifically for Brian Cox by director Rupert Wyatt, who had worked with Cox before and wanted to work with him again. When Cox refused a supporting role in a movie Wyatt offered him and challenged him to write him a good leading role, Wyatt did exactly that. See more »

Goofs

During the scene in which Perry receives a half-kilogram of cat (methcathinone) from Batista, his cell-mate (Lacey) is shown lying on the top bunk with his head on the pillow. In the following scene, as Perry turns to sit on the lower bunk, Lacey is now leaning with his back to the wall. See more »

Quotes

Viv Batista: If Tony knows, then Tony knows. He's the devil on your back now. But if you want to trade, I give a trade. Ket's a dangerous drug, but deadly when poisoned... you got me? If it looks, smells and tastes like Ket, Pssshoo!... who will know?
Frank Perry: No one touches Tony. Rizza...
Viv Batista: Rizza? Who is going to tell Rizza? Junkies die every day.
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Remade as The Escapist See more »

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The Partisan
Performed by Leonard Cohen, 1969
Written by Anna Marly and Emmanuel d'Astier, 1943
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Absolutely Brilliant!
18 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of the best films I have ever seen! And the surprising thing is, it is not one that I would have wanted to see normally.

I tend to like either science fiction, romance, comedies, etc and hardly ever watch prison escape or crime films. I think they're more of a 'man' thing? Anyway, my husband wanted to see this one so I thought I'd show willing, but honestly, I've got to admit, it just blew me away. It was fantastic! I won't go into the plot, suffice to say that it was gripping enough so that after the first few minutes I was totally engrossed. The acting was superb, the characters so vivid and couldn't wait to see how it would all end.

And I wasn't disappointed! I honestly never saw that twist at the end coming, I was genuinely shocked. What a great film! If you haven't seen it you absolutely must!


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