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Fortress (1992)

In a future, private underground prison/Fortress, the inmates are computer controlled with CCTV, dream readers and devices that can cause pain or death. John and his illegally pregnant wife are inside but want to escape before birth.

Director:

Stuart Gordon

Writers:

Troy Neighbors (story), Steven Feinberg (story) | 4 more credits »
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... John Henry Brennick
Kurtwood Smith ... Prison Director Poe
Loryn Locklin ... Karen B. Brennick
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Nino Gomez (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Abraham
Jeffrey Combs ... D-Day
Tom Towles ... Stiggs
Vernon Wells ... Maddox
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon ... Zed-10 (voice)
Alan Zitner Alan Zitner ... Claustrophobic Prisoner
Deni Gordon Deni Gordon ... Karen's Cellmate
Eric Briant Wells Eric Briant Wells ... Border Guard
Dragicia Debert Dragicia Debert ... Bio Scanner Guard
Heidi Stein Heidi Stein ... Pregnant Woman
Harry Nurmi Harry Nurmi ... Guard #1
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Storyline

In 2017, John Henry Brennick and his wife Karen are captured at a US immigration point with an illegal baby during population control. The resulting prison experience is the subject of the movie. The prison is run by a private corporation bent on mind control. Written by Mark Allyn <allyn@netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Welcome to the future Where punishment is the ultimate crime See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Z'Dar was considered for the role of Maddox. See more »

Goofs

When the movie starts, John has short hair. When he wakes up after being "brain dead" for 4 months, his hair has grown way too much; about a year's worth. See more »

Quotes

Stiggs, Maddox's Buddy: Hey, pretty boy. Your kudos is as sweet as your face. Come on, you can bunk with me.
Nino Gomez: Try it, motherfucker, and you're dead.
Stiggs, Maddox's Buddy: [laughs] I can wait... Night night, sweetie.
[Makes kissing sound]
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Alternate Versions

The Australian theatrical and home entertainment versions all have the violence intact, but the Aussie version features the happier, more upbeat ending -- deleting the truck chase/explosion. See more »


Soundtracks

DIE KUNST DER FUGE BWV 1080
Contrapunctus 3&11 a 4
Canon per augmentationem in contrario motu
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Bell'Arte Ensemble
Courtesy of Koch Import Service
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User Reviews

 
Interesting Story
5 January 2002 | by mm-39See all my reviews

Its about a totalitarian society where people only have one chance at having a kid. They have this futuristic super max, with these ingestible detectors, and a computer mainframe warden. This film is great, watch for the scene with the d day computer virus, it is a classic. The character development, and acting is decent. Worth renting, I love this film.


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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fortress See more »

Filming Locations:

Queensland, Australia

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,040,711, 6 September 1993

Gross USA:

$6,739,141

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,739,141
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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