With only six months left of his sentence, inmate Frank Leone is transferred from a minimum security prison to a maximum security prison by a vindictive warden.

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John Flynn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Frank
Donald Sutherland ... Warden Drumgoole
John Amos ... Meissner
Sonny Landham ... Chink
Tom Sizemore ... Dallas
Frank McRae ... Eclipse
Darlanne Fluegel ... Melissa
William Allen Young ... Braden
Larry Romano ... First Base
Jordan Lund ... Manly
John Lilla John Lilla ... Wiley
Dean Rader-Duval ... Ernie (as Dean Duval)
Jerry Strivelli Jerry Strivelli ... Louie Munafo
David Anthony Marshall David Anthony Marshall ... Mastrone
Kurek Ashley Kurek Ashley ... Chink's Gang
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Storyline

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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How much can a man take...before he gives back? See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

Sylvester Stallone, twenty-four years after Lock Up (1989), would star in another prison movie, Escape Plan (2013), this time co-starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger. See more »

Goofs

During the first yard confrontation Leon's necklace appears and disappears throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

Captain Meissner: Every hour, when the light comes on, you'll stand, face the camera and state your name and number
[BZZZZZ]
Captain Meissner: Name and number!
Frank Leone: [Leone faces wall] Leone. Five ten.
Captain Meissner: Face the camera!... Name and number!
Frank Leone: [Leone turns] Leone. Five ten.
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Connections

Referenced in Deformed Monsters (1997) See more »

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EVER SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN
Written by Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik
Published by WB Music Corp./Easy Action Music!
Holy Moley Music Rude Music Inc.
Performed by Jimi Jamison
Courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records, Inc.!
CBS Records, Inc., Music Licensing Department
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Possibly the best Stallone movie?!
11 February 2000 | by Knox_KingSee all my reviews

This is a definite must for anyone following Stallone's movies! It is great in its storyline, its atmosphere, its characters and its ending! If you let it, it'll really grip you and hold you in tight suspense till the very end of the drama. I'd say this is one of the most underrated movies ever. If someone knows why, please write me a note.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lock Up See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,025,520, 6 August 1989

Gross USA:

$22,099,847

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,099,847
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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