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The Escape Artist (1982)

The young and self-confident Danny blufs at the local police-station that he will escape out of prison within one hour. What follows is a flashback about his childhood with his uncle and ... See full summary »

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Caleb Deschanel

Writers:

David Wagoner (based on the novel by), Melissa Mathison (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raul Julia ... Stu Quiñones
Griffin O'Neal ... Danny Masters
Desi Arnaz ... Mayor Quiñones (as Desiderio Arnaz)
Teri Garr ... Arlene
Joan Hackett ... Aunt Sibyl
Gabriel Dell ... Uncle Burke
John P. Ryan ... Vernon
Elizabeth Daily ... Sandra
M. Emmet Walsh ... Fritz
Jackie Coogan ... Magic Shop Owner
Hal Williams ... Cop at Mayor's Office
Helen Page Camp Helen Page Camp ... Neighbor
David Clennon ... Newspaper Editor
Harry Caesar ... Sax Player
Huntz Hall ... Turnkey
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Storyline

The young and self-confident Danny blufs at the local police-station that he will escape out of prison within one hour. What follows is a flashback about his childhood with his uncle and aunt, which are 'vaudeville'-artists themselves. We also follow the problems of Danny with the corrupt son of the mayor. Written by Evert Poppen

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When you meet him, you're going to love him. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

60 minuti per Danny Masters See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,323, 31 May 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$143,369
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Production Co:

Zoetrope Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Griffin O'Neal took a crash course in magic and its philosophy with technical advisor Ricky Jay for his role as teenage magician Danny Masters in this movie. This included learning such tricks as juggling, fine-fingered lock work and sleight-of-hand maneuvers. See more »

Quotes

Danny Masters: You wanna know what you need? You need an education.
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Referenced in The Dream Studio (2004) See more »

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A whimsical bittersweet tale...
12 February 1999 | by VagabearSee all my reviews

A whimsical bittersweet tale with quirky characters, charming moments and which is quite enchanting as a whole. Griffin O'Neal (Ryan's son) as the young lead character showed great promise in this film. Raul Julia is at his most vibrant as the spoiled son of a mayor (played by Desi Arnaz!) who befriends O'Neal's character. This film is HIGHLY under-rated and desperately needs to be remastered and reissued on video.


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