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The Escapist -- Frank Perry (Cox) concocts a scheme to bust out of prison with a band of fellow inmates in order to make peace with his ailing, estranged daughter.

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Director:
Writers:
Rupert Wyatt (writer)
Daniel Hardy (writer)
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Release Date:
20 June 2008 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
5 Men. 4 Walls. 1 Plan.
Plot:
Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The strong delivery makes the most of a story that appears simple and hackneyed but isn't See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Brian Cox ... Frank Perry

Damian Lewis ... Rizza

Joseph Fiennes ... Lenny Drake

Seu Jorge ... Viv Batista

Liam Cunningham ... Brodie

Dominic Cooper ... Lacey

Steven Mackintosh ... Tony

Ned Dennehy ... Jumpy Con
Vinnie McCabe ... Sam (as Vincent McCabe)
Jack Walsh ... Sikes

Frank O'Sullivan ... Hedges
Stephen Farrelly ... Two Ton (as Sheamus O'Shaunessy)
Domhnall O'Donoghue ... Mary
George Seremba ... Stan
Eleanor McLynn ... Frank's Daughter

Phelim Drew ... Doctor
Bernadette McKenna ... Frank's Wife
John Crean ... Young Prison Guard
Pat Ainscough ... Prison Guard
Alan Curran ... Cockney Con
Tony Senior ... Boxing Con

John Campion ... Screw
Robert Prior ... Screw
Marcel Vidal ... Rizza's Lackey
Paul Vaughan ... Prison Tannoy Voice (voice)

Directed by
Rupert Wyatt 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Daniel Hardy  writer
Rupert Wyatt  writer

Produced by
Brian Cox .... executive producer
Alan Moloney .... producer
Susan Mullen .... co-producer
Patrick O'Donoghue .... line producer
Adrian Sturges .... producer
Tristan Whalley .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Benjamin Wallfisch 
 
Cinematography by
Philipp Blaubach 
 
Film Editing by
Joe Walker 
 
Casting by
Tamara Gillon 
 
Production Design by
Jim Furlong 
 
Art Direction by
Irene O'Brien 
 
Costume Design by
Maeve Paterson 
 
Makeup Department
Rosie Blackmore .... chief makeup artist
Lorraine Brennan .... hair stylist
Carole Dunne .... chief hairdresser
Aoife Mullally .... makeup trainee
 
Production Management
Clare Maclean .... post-production supervisor
Alexander O'Neal .... unit production manager: London
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Aherne .... first assistant director
Paul J. Byrne .... trainee assistant director (segment)
Jim Corr .... third assistant director: additional photography
Jim Corr .... trainee assistant director
Catherine Dunne .... second assistant director
Nick Embery .... additional assistant director
Anna Harrison .... trainee assistant director
Eimear Healy .... trainee assistant director
Alex Kaye-Besley .... third assistant director: splinter unit (2007)
 
Art Department
Graeme Bird .... propmaker
Tony Boston .... stand-by props
Simon Dalton .... dressing props
Mick Flood .... property master
Briana Hegarty .... trainee art director
James Husbands .... storyboard artist
Emer MacAvin .... set decoration buyer
Owen Monaghan .... stand-by props
John Porter .... dressing props
Lucy van Lonkhuyzen .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Peter Blayney .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Collins .... sound facility director: ardmore sound
Michelle Cunniffe .... sound re-recording mixer
Theo Green .... sound designer
Theo Green .... supervising sound editor
George Hapig .... foley artist
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Karl Merren .... sound recordist
Conor O'Toole .... boom operator
Hallam Smallpeice .... sound editor
Michael Wabro .... dialogue editor
Michael Wabro .... pre-mix recordist
James Wichall .... assistant sound
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Kevin Byrne .... special effects supervisor
Paul Mann .... special effects supervisor
Kevin Nolan .... special effects technician
Ronald Rametta .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Assen Balkanski .... previsualisation
Allison Brownmoore .... compositor (as Allison Moore)
Allison Brownmoore .... digital effects artist (as Allison Moore)
Giuliano Cavalli .... compositor
Matt Chin .... 3D artist
Justin Cornish .... visual effects supervisor
Michael Deming .... digital film bureau
Andy Foot .... rotoscoping/clean-up
Steve Hawken .... compositor
Henrik Jonsson .... 3D artist
Gnana Kannan .... rotoscoping/clean-up
Anthar Kharana .... lead compositor
Brooke Lyndon-Stanford .... visual effects supervisor
Oliver Murray .... lead 3D artist
Tony Neal .... matte painter
John Palmer .... digital film bureau manager: Scanning and Laser record
Rob Pizzey .... digital colourist
Alexandru Popescu .... digital matte painter
Jorge Quinteros .... roto master
Tsahi Reznick .... 3D artist
Vahid Tehrani .... fx artist
Hannah Walker .... camera tracker
 
Stunts
Anthony Condren .... stunt performer
Joe Condren .... stunt coordinator
Norman Kelly .... stunts
John Sheridan .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Barlow .... key grip
Ian Barwick .... gaffer: UK
Amy Breen .... camera trainee
Fionn Comerford .... first assistant camera
Matt Fisher .... Steadicam operator
Matt Fisher .... camera operator: "b" camera
Robert Flood .... camera trainee (as Robert Hallinan Flood)
Niall Mannion .... best boy
Joe Marsden .... camera trainee: uk
David O'Connor .... grip
Ang Richards .... second assistant camera: UK
Andy Sauer .... grip
Dan Thomas .... best boy: UK
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Collins .... costume trainee
T.K. Lang .... costume supervisor (as Ken Lang)
 
Editorial Department
Rob Gordon .... additional on-line editor
Emily Greenwood .... digital on-line editor
Patrick Malone .... digital intermediate head of production
Erin McGookin .... digital intermediate producer
Richard Smither .... assembly editor
Laurent Treherne .... digital intermediate technical director
 
Music Department
Mikael Carlsson .... soundtrack producer
Ruth Chan .... music preparation
Marcia Crayford .... orchestra leader
Theo Green .... composer: background music
Lol Hammond .... music supervisor
Hilary Skewes .... musician contractor
Tony Stanton .... music preparation
Benjamin Wallfisch .... conductor
Benjamin Wallfisch .... orchestrator
Alison Wright .... music supervisor: Air-Edel
 
Transportation Department
Gay Byrn .... driver: props
Paul Cullen .... transportation captain
Neil Ferris .... driver: London
 
Other crew
Renee Burke .... script supervisor
Lisa Byrne .... assistant production coordinator
Aoife Cassidy .... production coordinator
Dermot Cleary .... location manager
Grant Cummings .... location manager
Sarah Golding .... script editor
Richard Hill .... location trainee
Dan Hillsdon .... assistant accountant
Rachel James .... post-production accountant
Timothy P. Jones .... digital imaging
Catherina Ren Knerr .... assistant: actor: brian cox
Greg McManus .... production coordinator: UK
Barry Newman .... assistant location manager
Marie-Celine O'Reilly .... extras coordinator
Lorraine Turley .... assistant to producer
 

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102 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Rupert Wyatt revealed on the DVD commentary that Damian Lewis wore ladies underwear throughout filming.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Rizza:You know the one thing you've got going for you, Frank? You're too old to die young.See more »
Soundtrack:
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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The strong delivery makes the most of a story that appears simple and hackneyed but isn't, 8 February 2009
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Frank Perry is twelve years into a life sentence when he learns that his estranged daughter has become a junkie on the outside. Unable to do anything for her from his cell and unwilling to wait till he gets out, Frank comes up with a base plan to escape from the prison and brings several other prisoners on board to assist him. The escape itself can be worked out to detail and timings but in the meantime it is the days leading up to the escape that prove to be the more testing in a world of betrayal, power, rape, murder and drug use.

Watching the trailer for this film some time ago I was left not particularly fussed about whether I got to see it or not – it just looked like I expected and offered little. The generally good reviews made me check it out when it was released on DVD though and I'm glad that I did because this is a much better film than it looks on the trailer. It is not that the plot is something different from a prison movie , although it is a little, it is the manner of delivery that makes the film work as well as it does. The concept is strong but it is the editing and structure that are the driving forces here. We start the film in two places. On one hand we are with the group as they start their escape attempt, while on the other hand we are some time before this when Frank gets his motivation to escape.

What this structure does is increase the tension by having two dramatic threads happening at the same time, with the escape itself delivering the pace to pay off against the build-up that is happening at the same time in the other thread. Rather than building up to the escape then the film does both at the same time and it is an effective and engaging technique. The point where one thread catches the other isn't totally convincing in some regards and I'll not be the only person to express a slight doubt at the dramatic punch of the conclusion but, with being caught up in the story so effectively up till this point, it does work and the way that it slightly undoes the impact of some of the film that had gone before is not a killer of a problem so much as it is a minor niggle.

Wyatt's direction is roundly good and, as co-writer, he makes the most of the structure and material. It helps of course when your debut feature has an impressive collection of actors and performances – and Wyatt's does. As he also showed in Red recently, Cox makes an engaging leading man when given the chance. Fiennes is not quite so good as he perhaps overdoes his swagger and toughness – still looks the part and does well but again he is a slight niggle. I liked Cunningham's turn as well as Cooper – although the latter had a bit of a wet and less engaging character to work with. Brazilian musician Jorge was a bit of a weird find but did OK. Mackintosh is engaging and convincing in how he acts knowing he is technically untouchable due to the actions of his brother. Lewis is not in the film for much of the running time but his "less is more" approach produces a real menace when he is given the camera.

The Escapist is a comparatively small British film full of faces you'll recognise but nobody who is a real "leading man" in film terms, directed by Wyatt making his feature debut after a few shorts to his name. However it is cleverly structured and delivered with a real sense of quality in the story, direction and performances. It is not perfect but it is much better than the trailer suggests and I was pleasantly surprised by how much it engaged me and how much I enjoyed it.

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