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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

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 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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Storyline

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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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der 1000 Ketten sprengte See more »

Filming Locations:

Jefferson, Texas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Intense and great acting
8 January 2004 | by Doc-HolidaySee all my reviews

Just saw this movie on VHS. I had no idea what kind of movie it was before I pushed "play", so it turned out to be a very intense movie and wouldn't let you go.

Val's character was a regular veteran, and he played it like a regular guy too, no overacting. Because the character was so real, the following prison and labor scenes contrasted greatly with the ordinary character and made them even more dramatic than in an action movie.

At times it was just unbearable to watch and I had to FF it, not because it was bad, on the contrary, because they were so good and real. Other than Val's excellently subdued performance, the supporting casts did well too.

The acting was top notch, story line was flawless, and the ending was justified but not Hollywood typical. So it's a very well done movie, worth watching it.


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