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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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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 ... 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 »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Condena brutal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,099,847
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sylvester Stallone gave Tom Sizemore his first real break in this film. Their friendship has lasted to this day. See more »

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During the car build montage you can clearly see that it is shot out of order. The car gets painted red and when it cuts to the engine being put in, the car is back to gray primer color. See more »

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Frank Leone: Your body has to be here, but your mind can be anywhere.
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All you want from a Sly Stallone movie is right here.
4 March 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Have to say right off that I can't believe the low rating for this one here, because it delivers everything that a Stallone fan would want, if one is loading this into the player then surely they know what to expect?

Frank Leone (Sylvester Stallone) only has a few weeks to go before being released from prison, he is no hard core offender, he is a loving man and is ready for a new life with his gorgeous girlfriend Melissa (Darlanne Fluegel). During the night he is whisked away to a maximum security prison on the orders of a sadistic warden out for revenge because Leone was the only man to have ever escaped from his prison, thus setting in motion the wheels of revenge.

We then follow Leone as he is pushed to the limits by crazy warden Drumgoole (Donald Sutherland) and all the sadistic guards under his command. He also enlists the help of resident inmate beefcake Chink Weber (Sonny Landham), and they all in turn try to break Leone at all costs to ensure that he never leaves prison again. There certainly is nothing here that hasn't been done before in the prison film genre, and only an idiot would expect anything other than the ending we get, but this is a Stallone movie and it's full of guts, testo macho action, and it should be noted that Sly here puts some depth to the character of Leone. He garners our sympathy quite quickly, and considering the bloke is built like the proverbial brick outhouse, it's quite an achievement.

The supporting players are a mixed bunch, this is Tom Sizemore's first motion picture and he does really well with the character of Dallas, Sonny Landham is his usual scary menacing self, whilst Frank McRae as Eclipse does just enough right to make his mark. So it's something of a surprise to me that the best actor on show is actually the film's weak link. Donald Sutherland does overplay it to the point that he goes beyond pantomime villain, it's a real teeth itching performance that he would only outdo with the dreadful Jamie Lee Curtis starrer, Virus, 10 years later, but in a film with such primal fun/action intentions, it doesn't ruin the film and leaves it all told as a fine genre piece.

No awards here for sure, but when I watch a film about a man played by Sly Stallone in prison then I think I know what to expect, and it delivers all that I hoped for, so hooray for the beefcake I say. 7/10


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