The Escapist (2008)

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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:
Frank Perry
Lenny Drake
Viv Batista
Jumpy Con
Vinnie McCabe ...
Sam (as Vincent McCabe)
Jack Walsh ...
Two Ton (as Sheamus O'Shaunessy)
Domhnall O'Donoghue ...
George Seremba ...
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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Release Date:

20 June 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Menekülők  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$13,023 (USA) (17 April 2009)

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


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 »


Frank Perry: I'm free now. I'm old now.
Rizza: Free? You've got an imagination.
Frank Perry: Imagination is what protects us. It's what keeps us alive. You're still living, but less and less. Inside, you own this place. You run things. You're the king. But look around you, what do you see? It's all pretend. It's all made up. You own nothing. Nothing except sorrows and bars and rusty metal staircases. You'll never live, because outside you don't exist. No one will remember you. No one.
Rizza: You behave.
Frank Perry: Behaving myself is what's kept...
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A Great Escape
22 January 2008 | by (Salt Lake City, UT USA) – See all my reviews

Seen at Sundance Premiere 2008. Within the first 2 minutes of the Escapist you know your buckled in and you won't be getting up till the credits start rolling, and thats just how it is. In the tradition of the Bird Man of Alcatraz, Great Escape, Cool Hand Luke and other greats of the prison break genre you can add the Escapist. The feel is modern but the setup is old school and true to the genre in a familiarly comforting way. Director Rupert Wyatt has created a fantastic action film with intelligent sequencing and a meaningful ending that makes you remember its indie roots. What is even more amazing though is the (((sound))) , it is insane! The sounds of the prison are so real and chilling in their quiet way, then when the action hits its like a tidal wave of sound hitting all you senses. Rarely does a new flick come along with such wide potential that brings new ideas and old ones together so well. I'm left extremely impressed by all involved. Movie will be best seen on the big screen with high quality sound, I imagine American audiences will not show this as much love as they should do to the lack of big names but I suspect the UK will embrace this very well.

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