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The Escape Artist (1982)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 28 May 1982 (USA)
The young and self-confident Danny bluffs 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 »

Director:

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 bluffs 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:

Comedy | 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

Gross USA:

$143,369
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Company Credits

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

First major role in a feature film of actor Griffin O'Neal. The picture was not O'Neal's debut as has been often reported as O'Neal had appeared as a bicycle boy in director Peter Bogdanovich's Nickelodeon (1976) starring his father Ryan O'Neal. 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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An unanticipated gem of a movie.
3 December 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Just watched this movie from an old tape in VHS format and was pleasantly surprised by the results. The story was strong, the writing top-notch and the actors perfectly cast- it make for an enjoyable, or should I say surprising, film that makes you feel better for watching.

The story follows a young Danny Masters, the son of famous deceased magician and escape artist, who leaves home to join his uncle and aunt in their performance of magic. Everything is fine until he meets Stu Quinones, the son of a corrupt mayor, and pickpockets a wallet that contains stolen money. Danny will learn much from his situation and we, the viewer, will be along for the ride as Danny's life is exposed.

This film is not action packed, nor is there stunning special effects but there is something about this film that is endearing. It is one of those films that when the credits roll you already want to see it again. Was not expecting much from the old VHS tape but got a treat from watching. Good Watch!


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