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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jumpy Con
Vinnie McCabe ...
Sam (as Vincent McCabe)
Frank O'Sullivan ...
Two Ton (as Sheamus O'Shaunessy)
Domhnall O'Donoghue ...
George Seremba ...
Eleanor McLynn ...
Frank's Daughter


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.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

20 June 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El escapista  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,075, 5 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,023, 19 April 2009
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Rupert Wyatt revealed on the DVD commentary that Damian Lewis wore ladies underwear throughout filming. See more »


During the scene in which Perry meets his wife, and he looks around the doorway, behind him is a sign stating the prison regulations. However, about three quarters of the way down the list, 'prison' is erroneously spelled 'prision'. See more »


Rizza: You don't have much, but you just subtracted from what's left.
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Remade as The Escapist See more »


The Escapist
Performed by Coldplay, 2007
Written by Jon Hopkins, Jon Buckland (as Jonny Buckland), Guy Berryman, Will Champion,
Chris Martin
Produced by Brian Eno & Jon Hopkins
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A fantastic and intensely enjoyable film
21 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

Only a handful of films have ever been awarded a 10/10 for me - this is one of them.

Having been given the chance to read the script by Rupert a couple of years ago, when the film was in preproduction and looking for filming locations, I have been waiting for this film for a long time knowing how much potential it had - never have I been so gripped by a movie script on first reading.

Oh boy, I wasn't disappointed. Wyatt delivered the story big time, for me. I went to see it last night on the first showing in Cardiff and enjoyed it so much that I went with a friend this afternoon to see it again. My friend also agrees with my feelings! I can understand how some people may find it confusing (especially in the first 15 minutes) but I think by the end, when all the pieces fit together, it's a classic.

Having seen it the second time now, there is SO much detail I missed the first time (some of which my friend actually spotted on the first watch).

This film ticks all the boxes for me. Strong characters played by talented actors. A complex but ultimately rewarding plot. An intense and superb soundtrack (needs to be seen in a cinema with good surround - I jumped several times at "normal" ambient noises coming from various places around the auditorium). The music is just perfect for the film.

Even now, I feel I want to go and see it again to see what other clues have been left in the storyline to subtly point to the payoff at the end of the film.

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