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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?


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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Gets my vote
20 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

I didn't vote on any films in 2008. There were plenty of decent films but nothing made me want to post on IMDb, whatever I want to say has always been put more eloquently by someone else. But this film deserves credit, naturally I checked here before I watched but afterwards I felt compelled to demonstrate some appreciation. No, you moron posters, it is NOT Prison Break, neither is it trying to be. After it finishes you'll want to watch it again. It looks real and gritty definitely not studio. I don't know enough about film to tell you if it was the script, acting, filming or anything else, it took me to a different place - Isn't that what we want most in a film?

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