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Five Days from Home (1978)

A man escapes from a Louisiana prison to be at the California hospital bedside of his ailing son.


George Peppard


William Moore




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sherry Boucher ... Wanda Dulac (as Sherry Bouchér)
Neville Brand ... Inspector Markley
Victor Campos Victor Campos ... José Stover
Robert Donner ... Karl Baldwin
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Marian Lemoore
Jessie Lee Fulton ... Mrs. Peabody
William Larsen ... J.J. Bester
Robert Magruder Robert Magruder ... The Colonel
George Peppard ... T.M. Pryor
Savannah Smith Boucher ... 'Georgie' Haskin (as Savannah Smith)
Don Wyse Don Wyse ... Howie
Nick Nick ... Self
Bubba Butler Bubba Butler ... Prison Guard 1
Bobby Oliveaux Bobby Oliveaux ... Prison Guard 2
Peyton E. Park Peyton E. Park ... Cal (as Peyton Park)


Former cop T.M. Pryor escapes from a Louisiana prison where he is serving a six-year sentence for killing his wife's lover.Despite the fact that his parole hearing is only two weeks away Pryor is desperate to be at his son's hospital bedside.His nine-year old son, Thomas, was injured in an automobile accident in Los Angeles and is in critical condition.Just days before Christmas,Pryor hits a prison guard,escapes and heads for the Louisiana swamps.Avoiding the tracking teams assisted by dogs,Pryor makes it to the highway where he hitches a farm truck ride to the nearest town.In town he breaks into a sporting goods store where he takes two firearms and ammo ,a knife and hunting clothing leaving an IOU note in lieu of payment.Over the radio he gets the latest news and learns that someone has killed the prison guard who tried to prevent his escape from prison.It's obvious that someone is trying to pin the prison murder on him and frame him.Meanwhile, Louisiana's governor assigns Pryor's ... Written by nufs68

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A Gentle Man. A Desperate Man. He only wants to be with his critically ill son. To get to him, he has to put his life on the line. And his only help is a beagle puppy who isn't even housebroken.


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Did You Know?


The film marked the feature film debut of Savannah Smith, the older sister of co-star Sherry Boucher, who was married to George Peppard at the time. See more »


[last lines]
T.M. Pryor: It's me. It's your daddy. And I brought you a puppy for Christmas.
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Alternate Versions

NBC edited 12 minutes from this film for its 1982 network television premiere. See more »


Love Theme
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Bill Conti
Sung by Gene Morford
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Good Movie-Where is It?
9 January 2021 | by hackraytexSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when it came on TV and I would sure like to see it again but have not been able to find it. Can someone help me?

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Release Date:

26 April 1979 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Long Escape See more »

Filming Locations:

Minden, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Long Rifle, Winchester See more »
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Color (CFI)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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