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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:
Intricate prisoner delivers more with each viewing. 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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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:
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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Soundtrack:
The Butcher BoySee more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Intricate prisoner delivers more with each viewing., 15 December 2009
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

On the surface it looked like being a standard prison break out picture. But come the end one can't help admiring the construction of the film and marvel at how the makers used the cons to con the audience in a wholly satisfying way. The set-up is simple enough, Brian Cox's old lag Frank Perry is mortified to hear that his daughter is mixed up with heavy drugs and death is perhaps one more hit away from her. Desperate to get out of prison to save her, he hatches a plan for escape and enlists some other like minded souls, each with their own special "skill" to see it through. What follows is a twinned inter-cut tale as we witness the escape attempt and the prior motivations leading up to said escape. All building towards what one can rightly expect to be a run of the mill ending so evident in most prison based movies......

Directed by Rupert Wyatt, The Escapist thrives on claustrophobic atmosphere and grim prison reality to set the wheels in motion. Filmed at Kilmainham Jail in Dublin, this is a dank place, overcrowded and paint peeling from every wall; and of course there's an array of unsavoury characters just waiting to use violence or sexual proclivities to feather their respective nest. This place alone is reason enough for escape attempts, let alone the reasons put forward for our escaping protagonists. The audio on offer also enhances the mood, the clanking of metal or the rumbling of shuffling boots land in the ear drum with almost tenacious glee. There's also no overdose on dialogue, no filler conversations serving no purpose to the crux of the tale.

The cast are (prison) uniformly strong, led by the great and weathered Cox, the roll call of escapees also contains earthy Liam Cunningham, a buffed up Joseph Fiennes, a youthfully fraught Dominic Cooper and black magic gusto from Seu Jorge. While within these walls menace comes from a weaselly Steven Mackintosh and the excellently chilling Damian Lewis as nick daddy Rizza. All in all, The Escapist, if you pardon the pun, is a break out movie two fold. Not just as a story, but also in offering up something different in the genre it belongs too. Much like Brian Cox himself, The Escapist is something of a British treasure. 9/10

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