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Prison (1987)

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The spirit of a long-dead prisoner returns for revenge, haunting the prison's new governor.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

Irwin Yablans (story), C. Courtney Joyner (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viggo Mortensen ... Burke / Forsythe Electrocution
Chelsea Field ... Katherine
Lane Smith ... Sharpe
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Cresus
Tom Everett ... Rabbitt
Ivan Kane ... Lasagna
André De Shields ... Sandor
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Tiny (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Stephen E. Little Stephen E. Little ... Rhino
Mickey Yablans Mickey Yablans ... Brian Young
Larry Flash Jenkins ... Hershey
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Horton
Hal Landon Jr. ... Wallace
Matt Kanen Matt Kanen ... Johnson
Rod Lockman Rod Lockman ... Kramer
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Storyline

After Charles Forsythe was sent to the electric chair for a crime he didn't commit, he forever haunts the prison where he was executed. Flash forward several years when the prison is reopened, under the control of its new warden Ethan Sharpe, a former security guard who was present at Forsythe's execution. When prisoners are ordered to break down the wall to the execution room, they unknowingly release the angry spirit of Charles Forsythe, a powerful being distributing his murderous rage to all, leading up to the Warden himself. Written by Wallace Entertainment

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Prison - Rückkehr aus der Hölle See more »

Filming Locations:

Rawlins, Wyoming, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$354,704
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Empire Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Viggo Mortensen did the bulk of his own stunts. Moreover, stunt coordinator Kane Hodder gave Mortensen an honorary stuntman's shirt at the completion of the shooting for this film. See more »

Goofs

When Lasagna is shot in the back by the ghost-manned machine guns, empty squib blood packs fly out of the bullet holes in the front of his shirt. See more »

Quotes

Lasagna: I hear you can take anything on four wheels, man, and fly it away to heaven.
Burke: Well don't believe everything you hear.
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Connections

References Escape from Alcatraz (1979) See more »

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Love Will Be Hurrying to You
Written by Margaret Connell and Melissa Connell
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One of Renny Harlin's best and it's still terrible
20 May 2014 | by TheMarwoodSee all my reviews

Some of the most tame prisoners ever seen on film are transferred to a prison haunted by an executed man years earlier. Was the evil warden involved? Uh, yes. A young Viggo Mortensen, showing none of the talent he showcased in his later work, is some sort of hotshot prisoner. A whole lot of nothing happens, except lots of blue gels over movie lights and added smoke to make shafts of light. It's a boring and lame forgotten 80s horror entry that should stay forgotten. Doesn't even deliver requisite gore and shocks. A flatline of a movie that takes its silly premise deadly serious. You'll be hard pressed to remember anything that happened except for lots of blue.


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