7.2/10
541
7 user 1 critic

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:

Writers:

(book),
Reviews
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Mystery | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A detective comes out of retirement to help his daughter's fiance prove that he did not commit a series of murders.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: George C. Scott, Rebecca De Mornay, Ian McShane
Masquerade (1988)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father. Olivia finds love with a young yacht racing captain, Tim, who isn't completely truthful with her. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Swaim
Stars: Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall
Real Genius (1985)
Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.

Director: Martha Coolidge
Stars: Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Michelle Meyrink
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Wrongfully accused of a bank robbery, a writer seeks the help of his ex-wife, who is now married to the soon-to-be D.A. of California.

Director: Jay Sandrich
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Charles Grodin
Billy the Kid (TV Movie 1989)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Gore Vidal's historical novel is brought to life in this television production of Turner Network Television's Billy the Kid.

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Val Kilmer, Ed Adams, Rene Auberjonois
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

While flying mail across the Andean mountains, Henri Guillaumet's plane has to crash-land, he must trek back to civilizatin on foot.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Stars: Craig Sheffer, Elizabeth McGovern, Tom Hulce
Stakeout (1987)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two detectives observe an escaped convict's ex-girlfriend, but complications set in when one of them falls for her.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madeleine Stowe
Kill Me Again (1989)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young detective becomes involved with a beautiful woman on the run from the mob and her psychopath boyfriend.

Director: John Dahl
Stars: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Pat Mulligan
Summer Love (2006)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

A small peaceful village suddenly becomes a very dangerous place when a foreigner appears with a wanted man.

Director: Piotr Uklanski
Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Karel Roden, Katarzyna Figura
Torn Curtain (1966)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin before planning an escape back to the West.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1978 Pennsylvania, an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons who become intrigued with his romanticized life of crime.

Director: James Foley
Stars: Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Mary Stuart Masterson
Dead Girl (1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Ari Rose, an unsuccessful actor, falls for a beautiful woman named Helen-Catherine but strangles her when she rejects him. Ari then takes the dead woman home, has sex with her corpse, and comes to believe that she is still alive.

Director: Adam Coleman Howard
Stars: Anne Parillaud, Adam Coleman Howard, Amanda Plummer
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert Elliot Burns / Elliot Roberts
... Warden Hardy
... Emily Del Pino Pacheco (as Sonia Braga)
... Lillian Salo
... Father Vincent Godfrey Burns
... Pappy Glue
... Flagg
... Trump
... Bones
Taylor Presnell ... George Seales
... Big Sam
Bill Bolender ... Rayford
Esther Benson ... Mother Burns
Bert Conway ... Father Burns (as Burt Conway)
... Hobo #1
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, der 1000 Ketten sprengte  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Last film of Eilsha Cook Jr. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Robert Eliot Burns: I fought for you!
See more »

Connections

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good, solid remake of the Paul Muni classic
4 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Nicely cast, well-directed film, and a fitting "last hurrah" for the magnificent character actor Elisha Cook Jr, who plays Kilmer's aging mentor on the chain gang. Cook, best remembered for his portrayal of "Wilmer" (the cheap little gunsel) in THE MALTESE FALCON, does his usual superb supporting work.

KIlmer does a fine job, not falling into the obvious trap of going "over the top" -- which might be an understandable portrayal if this were fiction, but Kilmer's (like Muni's) somewhat subdued performance is much more in keeping with the real-life character's personality. Both versions drive me a bit nuts because I keep wanting him to kill his wife, who turned him in out of pure vindictiveness.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial