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The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987)

The true story of Robert Elliot Burns, the prisoner who, after being sentenced to a Georgia chain gang, attempted two daring escapes.

Director:

Daniel Mann

Writers:

Robert E. Burns (book), Michael Campus
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Val Kilmer ... Robert Elliot Burns / Elliot Roberts
Charles Durning ... Warden Hardy
Sônia Braga ... Emily Del Pino Pacheco (as Sonia Braga)
Kyra Sedgwick ... Lillian Salo
James Keach ... Father Vincent Godfrey Burns
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Pappy Glue
Clancy Brown ... Flagg
William Sanderson ... Trump
Taj Mahal ... Bones
Taylor Presnell Taylor Presnell ... George Seales
Paul Benjamin ... Big Sam
Bill Bolender ... Rayford
Esther Benson Esther Benson ... Mother Burns
Bert Conway Bert Conway ... Father Burns (as Burt Conway)
Charles Carroll ... Hobo #1
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A veteran of World War I returns to the United States but cannot find his place in the society. For a small robbery he is condemned to ten years of prison... Written by Volker Boehm

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Trivia

Last film of Eilsha Cook Jr. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Robert Eliot Burns: I fought for you!
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Connections

Features I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) See more »

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Predictable but gripping
9 May 2000 | by rps-2See all my reviews

This is a well produced and gripping film that effectively captures both the period and the grim reality of a Georgia prison camp. As soon as he met Emily, you just knew what would happen. But it's still worth a watch. I think I spotted one goof. In one scene in 1929 there is a dial telephone. I don't believe they were introduced until the thirties. Also there were not the sort of radio newscasts in the twenties that were used to advance the story. But both are small points in an otherwise excellent film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unchained See more »

Filming Locations:

Jefferson, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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