Felon (2008)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  17 July 2008 (USA)
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A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.



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The family man Wade Porter is living the American Dream with his girlfriend Laura and their son Michael: they have a nice house, he has just raised a loan to make his company grow and they are going to get married. However their dream becomes a nightmare when Wade unintentionally kills a burglar that had broken into their house in the middle of the night on his lawn. He is sent to trial and accepts a deal proposed by the prosecutor, being sentenced to three years in prison. During the transportation, there is an incident in the bus and Wade is framed and sent to the maximum security wing under the command of the corrupt Lieutenant Jackson. His cell-mate John Smith that was sentenced to life revenging the death of his family befriends Wade and gives helpful advices and hope to Wade to return to his family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


No Rules. No Hope. No Way Out.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence, pervasive language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$2,900,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Val Kilmer spent several hours a day in the makeup chair for placement of numerous fake tattoos on his chest, arms and back. See more »


In the beginning of the movie John refers back to how his daughter would have been 27 at that time but by the tattoo calender on his arm she should have only been 22 or 23. See more »


Wade Porter: [to Laura] Stay in this room.
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Followed by Shot Caller (2016) See more »

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Excellent movie not the usual prison movie
17 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was expecting another prison movie with just more rapes and violence, but i was pleasantly surprised. Val Kilmer is great and Stephen Dorff is great as well. It reminded me a little of The Shawshank redemption and an Innocent man. It shows how difficult life can be for someone whom lives a hardworking and honest life to enter the prison system filled with career criminals and gang members.

This movie encompasses friendships, hardships, and injustices. Even though the circumstances between the characters and the viewers are quite different, you don't feel that far removed from what the characters are going through.

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