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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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Tony
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Jumpy Con
Vinnie McCabe ...
Sam (as Vincent McCabe)
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Sikes
Frank O'Sullivan ...
Hedges
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Two Ton (as Sheamus O'Shaunessy)
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Mary
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Stan
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Frank's Daughter
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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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20 June 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El escapista  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,075, 5 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,023, 19 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 Butcher Boy
Performed by Brian Cox, 2007
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An impressive film filled with sonic delights
24 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

Truly superb film. I was impressed by the choice of actors, some of whom played characters that one wouldn't expect them to do so well in - Damian Lewis, in particular, really impressed with his performance as 'the bad guy', while Steven Mackintosh also does an impressive job of scaring the living daylights out of you in this film.

The sound design and parts of the music really help the film along, building the pace at the right moments, creating suspense and capturing the raw, gritty feeling of prison life perfectly. It was a delight getting so involved in the subtleties of a film's soundtrack - something that is lacking in modern day feature films.

This film should stand out far more than other films of this genre, it is award-winning material.


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