5.9/10
25,238
72 user 66 critic

Fortress (1992)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story) | 4 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Fortress 2 (2000)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

7 years after the original Fortress movie, Brennick along with the rebels are captured and sent to a new, more sophisticated fortress prison, in outer space.

Director: Geoff Murphy
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Beth Toussaint, Willie Garson
Action | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Deceived that he had won the Prize, Connor MacLeod awakens from a peaceful life when an entombed immortal magician comes seeking the Highlander.

Director: Andrew Morahan
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Mario Van Peebles, Deborah Kara Unger
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

In the future, Highlander Connor MacLeod must prevent the destruction of Earth under an anti-ozone shield.

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen
Knight Moves (1992)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A chess grandmaster is in a big tournament, and when his lover is found painted up and the blood drained out of her body he becomes a chief suspect. After he gets a call from the killer ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Schenkel
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Tom Skerritt, Codie Lucas Wilbee
Highlander (1986)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown
Robot Jox (1989)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

It is post-World War III. War is outlawed. In its place, are matches between large Robots called Robot Jox. These matches take place between two large superpowers over disputed territories.... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Gary Graham, Anne-Marie Johnson, Paul Koslo
Resurrection (1999)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Chicago homicide detectives John Prudhome and Andrew "Andy" Hollingsworth are assigned to investigate a gruesome murder, and both become entangled in the plot of a serial killer whose goal is to recreate the body of Christ.

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Mike Anscombe, Jeff J.J. Authors
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Immortals Connor and Duncan MacLeod must join forces against Kell, an evil immortal who has become too strong for anyone to face alone.

Director: Douglas Aarniokoski
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Adrian Paul, Bruce Payne
King of the Ants I (2003)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young drifter discovers his true calling when he's hired by a mobster to stalk and kill a prominent accountant, and then decides to seek revenge when the stingy thugs try to kill him rather than pay him.

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Chris McKenna, Kari Wuhrer, George Wendt
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

John Canyon is one of the last independent space transport entrepreneurs. Rough times force him to carry suspicious cargo to Earth without questions being asked. During the flight the cargo... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: Tim Loane, Ian Beattie, Olwen Fouéré
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Henry Brennick
... Prison Director Poe
... Karen B. Brennick
... Nino Gomez (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
... Abraham
... D-Day
... Stiggs
... Maddox
... Zed-10 (voice)
Alan Zitner ... Claustrophobic Prisoner
Deni Gordon ... Karen's Cellmate
Eric Briant Wells ... Border Guard
Dragicia Debert ... Bio Scanner Guard
Heidi Stein ... Pregnant Woman
Harry Nurmi ... Guard #1
Edit

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:

In the year 2017 one corporation is building a fortress for the ultimate takeover... your mind. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

3 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fortress  »

Filming Locations:


Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,739,141

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,000,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although the film is rated R in the United States and 18 in the United Kingdom for it's graphic violence, sex and nudity. Like another science fiction action film Total Recall (1990) the film was given the M rating in Australia. See more »

Goofs

While passing the supposed US/Mexican border, there are signs in English and Spanish saying that it is a crime to cross the border. However, the English sign has the word "offence" (as it would be spelled in Australia, where the film was made). See more »

Quotes

Karen B. Brennick: What are you?
Prison Director Poe: I am enhanced.
Karen B. Brennick: You're not human. You're...
Prison Director Poe: A monster? A freak? The Mentel Corporation has transformed me into a more efficient human being. Once a month, I absorb amino acids, wasting neither food nor fuel. When my kind are in the majority, there will be no more world hunger, no overpopulation.
Karen B. Brennick: You don't sleep, you don't eat... You can't make love, can you?
Prison Director Poe: But I can love.
Karen B. Brennick: Are there others like you?
Prison Director Poe: Not many as advanced, but yes. I was one of Mentel's first babies. It was very ...
[...]
See more »


Soundtracks

Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080 Contrapunctus 3
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Bell'Arte Ensemble
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Highly entertaining film!
23 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Fortress is a very underrated sic-fi/action movie made in the early nineties by Stuart Gordon (the maker of re-animator/from beyond/dagon). The story is your standard prison movie formula, only it's set in the future.

The best thing about this film is the suspense of the action sequences. There were several scenes in the movie that literally had me talking to the TV. Nice performances by Jeffery Combs(as a very amusing computer geek type)and Christopher Lambert are a big plus. Kurtwood smith is also great as the prison director.

At the time it was released I was impressed with this film and over time my affection for it has grown (it continues to entertain even after seeing it several times). The main flaws would be the predictability of the plot and some cliché characters, but it's all handled so well that it doesn't really hurt the movie.

It's a good popcorn action movie, and one of my favorite Stuart Gordon Films. In my opinion, this is probably Gordons Second best film, after re-animator.


15 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 72 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed