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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 »

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Stuart Gordon

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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>

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


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

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Details

Country:

Australia | USA

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)

Gross USA:

$6,739,141

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard E. Grant was considered for the role of Prison Director Poe, which ultimately went to Kurtwood Smith. See more »

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When Brennick uses the shovel to sever a drone's arm, the part of the shovel's blade that has been cut out to fit the stunt person's arm is visible. See more »

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Prison Director Poe: Crime does not pay.
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Alternate Versions

In one version, after escaping The Fortress they simply drive the truck through the Mexican border. In another version after escaping The Fortress, they stop at a farm. Zed 10-V takes over the truck and runs down one of the escapees. Christopher Lambert shoots up the truck, forcing it to veer away from him at the last moment, where it crashes into the barn and the whole structure explodes. He thinks his wife is killed but it turns out she has escaped from the barn before the truck has crashed into it. See more »


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Die Kunst Der Fuge BWV 1080 Contrapunctus 3
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Crime does not pay.
22 November 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

"Fortress" is mostly routine, but enjoyable, futuristic sci-fi from director Stuart Gordon (of "Re-Animator" and "From Beyond" fame). It has an excellent cast of familiar faces that make the most out of what they've got, especially Kurtwood Smith ("RoboCop", 'That 70s Show'). There are acceptable levels of violence and gore, the production design and lighting are adequate, and Gordon does a very fine job with pacing and energy level. The producers originally wanted Arnold Schwarzenegger as the star, but he went on to do "True Lies" instead (it was Ah-nuld that suggested Gordon as the director of this feature).

Some interesting ideas are present in this tale of a husband and wife, John and Karen (Christopher Lambert and Loryn Locklin) who are expecting their second child, despite the fact that the law now forbids couples from having more than one kid. (They tried again because the first child was born dead.) They're caught and sentenced to do time at the "Fortress", a massive, multi leveled high tech prison. It's run by your standard issue sadistic warden, a man named Poe (Mr. Smith). John, forced into an overcrowded cell, makes plans with his cellmates to escape, although this place is supposed to be escape-proof.

Lambert is no better or worse than he usually is. Locklin is reasonably appealing. The supporting cast is pretty eclectic: Lincoln Kilpatrick ("Chosen Survivors", Renny Harlins' "Prison") as Abraham, Jeffrey Combs of the "Re-Animator" series (rocking a shoulder length wig here) as D-Day, Clifton Collins Jr. ("Tigerland", "Pacific Rim") as Gomez, Tom Towles ("House of 1000 Corpses", "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer") as Stiggs, and Vernon Wells ("The Road Warrior", "Commando") as Maddox. That's Gordons' actress wife Carolyn supplying the voice of the computer intelligence Zed-10. Smith, whose character will have some surprises in store, is an effective and not completely one-dimensional antagonist.

"Fortress" hits the ground running, and offers decent entertainment for a fairly trim 95 minute run time.

Seven out of 10.


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