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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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Writers:
Rupert Wyatt (writer)
Daniel Hardy (writer)
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Release Date:
20 June 2008 (Ireland) See more »
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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:
"It's our imagination that makes us free…" 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 don't have much, but you just subtracted from what's left.See more »
Soundtrack:
The Butcher BoySee more »

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45 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
"It's our imagination that makes us free…", 18 January 2009
Author: drcath from Norway

Frank Perry (Brian Cox) is a long term prisoner in a London jail where the guards look the other way and one would be wise to avoid the attentions of Rizzo (Damian Lewis), the boss inmate and his unhinged junkie brother Tony (Steven Mackintosh in scenery chewing form). The arrival of a new cell mate, Lacey (played by newcomer Dominic Cooper) coincides with Perry receiving the first letter from his family in fourteen years. His daughter is a heroin addict and close to death. Perry decides he must get out, to see her and make things right while there is still time. He goes to his closest friend Brodie (Liam Cunningham) and they enlist on-the-edge pugilist and thief Lenny Drake (Joseph Fiennes) to put together their plan.

But the film begins with the escape, cleverly setting up many questions in the head of the viewer, which are then answered in flashback. We want to know why Frank starts the escape attempt what appears to be a stab wound, how drug dealer Viv Batista (Seu Jorge) gets involved and why Lacey is part of the team when he has arrived in the prison so recently. The answers come, but slowly so that it's only at the very end that the little hints and clues scattered through the story of the escape attempt itself make sense.

This structure and the final plot twist would alone make this film worth repeat viewing, but not just for that. Writers Daniel Hardy and Rupert Wyatt (Wyatt also directed) let images rather than words do the talking, and with a cast of this calibre it pays off brilliantly. The actors are allowed to use their faces and bodies to tell us the story: Brian Cox letting his face fall into a pile of regret when he reads the letter, Damian Lewis's posture as he walks past the cells to find out what happened to his brother, the tiny shifts of expression on Dominic Cooper's face as he relives his forced dalliance in the showers with Tony, from self pity to self hatred and back again. It's top notch stuff.

Comparisons with "Shawshank Redemption" are inevitable, but while "Redemption" was really a story about hope, "The Escapist" is actually a film about redemption, about the single unselfish act that can redeem wasted years, perhaps a wasted life. And, as Perry points out, that we're only as free as we allow ourselves to be.

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