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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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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:
Too old to die young ... The Escapist 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)
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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 .... wardrobe 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:
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:
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:
Frank Perry:I'm free now. I'm old now.
Rizza:Free? You've got an imagination.
Frank Perry:Imagination is what protects us. It's what keeps us alive. You're still living, but less and less. Inside, you own this place. You run things. You're the king. But look around you, what do you see? It's all pretend. It's all made up. You own nothing. Nothing except sorrows and bars and rusty metal staircases. You'll never live, because outside you don't exist. No one will remember you. No one.
Rizza:You behave.
Frank Perry:Behaving myself is what's kept me living.
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20 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Too old to die young ... The Escapist, 31 March 2009
Author: jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa

While The Escapist may not have an all-star A-list cast, it has a pretty recognizable international one. When I saw the names attached to this thing, I couldn't believe that it had trouble finding distribution. Luckily IFC Films stepped up to the plate and will add it to their VOD schedule to get some exposure for its DVD release. Much like Unknown from a few years back, Rupert Wyatt's film is a hidden gem of intrigue and suspense. A disjointed narrative tells the story of a ragtag bunch of criminals looking to escape from a maximum security prison so that the orchestrator, Brian Cox's Frank Perry, can see his daughter before she dies from drug abuse complications on the outside. Each member of the team has a specialty necessary for the escape to work and/or finds his way on the team through trade, whether consciously or not. You do begin to wonder way Rupert has decided to show it all inter-spliced with flashbacks on how they got together, and when the conclusion is reached you will understand in a surprisingly satisfactory turn of events.

Now these names may mean absolutely nothing to you, but on paper they are quite the collaborative team. Cox leads the way in recognition and stature, followed by a favorite of mine Damian Lewis, (in a smaller role than I had anticipated), and Joseph Fiennes. Add in the familiar faces of Steven Mackintosh, Liam Cunningham, Dominic Cooper, and singer Seu Jorge and you've really got something for a film that will probably not be seen by very many people. And that is the real shame here because The Escapist has a lot going for it. With a good marketing push and word of mouth, this had the potential of being a sleeper hit—an indie done well. Hopefully IFC viewers will start spreading excitement and help it to achieve cult status of some sort. It may not be as mainstream as "Prison Break", but utilizing the same core idea, Wyatt culls together a unique tale that takes more from a film like Jacob's Ladder than pop culture television.

It all begins with Cox's Perry, tired and scared, finding Lewis sitting on a cell bed. The next thing we know, Cox joins up with the team as they have just smashed their way into the laundry room, only now he has a bloodied shirt and what can be assumed as a nasty gash to his stomach. We have been dropped right into the escape and now the group is together, putting their plan in motion. But wait, all of sudden we are back in time watching Cox do laundry duty, Cunningham's Brodie putting on an ant race, and Mackintosh's Tony berating newcomer Cooper as he arrives at the prison. The discovery that we are about to go on a journey with the escapees, juxtaposed with how they all came together to plan the event, becomes clear. With sharp cuts, yet coherent story continuity, it all makes sense as both halves reach their crescendos at the end. The plot line of the past thread reaches the point at which the film started and that progression leads to the end of the escape simultaneously. Both meld together as one, revealing what has indeed been going on the entire time, possibly not even parallel timeframes after all.

Complete with some very nice camera-work, Wyatt shows some skill as a director. Scenes like that of Mackintosh and Cooper in the showers, fog shrouding their advance into the water, shielding us from what we know is about to happen, really stick out. Even the trip to that end, with Cooper's Lacey being "helped" by guards and inmates, opening doors for him to "hide" in, plays nicely into the artistry and aesthetic being put on display. The prison is dark and dingy, yet a paradise in comparison with the large expanses of sewers they soon find themselves traveling through. It is a muted palette throughout, making the light at the end of the tunnel (both figuratively and literally) that much brighter in notion and reality. And the way in which we see things happen is with suspense and intrigue. Watching the inmates plan their escape with dominoes as we are shown the real life places they mimic along with extended sequences of rapid process cuts—whether they be making drugs, creating a steel cutter, or even a jailhouse brawl—many instances beg to be appreciated visually as well as for how well they advance the story.

It all ends up being an actors' movie, though, as the performances shine above all else. Fiennes was almost unrecognizable to me at the start. I thought that was him, but something was off. Only after about thirty minutes did I finally realize it, Fiennes performing as a madman "utility" guy, nothing like the Shakespearean heroes he is most known for. Lewis is great as the menacing prison czar, always with a smile yet demanding the respect of every inmate with his own brand of punishment the guards look the other way on. And I really liked Seu Jorge's role as Viv Bastista. He is a wild card to the film—librarian/drug cook/witness for Lewis' Rizza. What really makes them all so elusive and mysterious, however, even as we learn who they are as men, is the fact that we don't know what has landed any of them in jail. Are they killers? Thieves? Rapists? It doesn't matter. These men all come together for a common cause and work as a team to achieve it. They sacrifice themselves for the others, just as Cox realizes that freedom doesn't have to be of the body, but can also be of the mind.

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