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No Escape (1994)

A soldier convicted for murdering his commanding officer is dumped and left to die on a prison island inhabited by two camps of convicts.

Director:

Martin Campbell

Writers:

Richard Herley (novel), Michael Gaylin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Liotta ... Capt. J.T. Robbins
Lance Henriksen ... The Father
Stuart Wilson ... Walter Marek
Kevin Dillon ... Casey
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Stephano
Don Henderson ... Killian
Ian McNeice ... King
Jack Shepherd ... Dysart
Michael Lerner ... The Warden
Ernie Hudson ... Hawkins
Russell Kiefel Russell Kiefel ... Iceman
Brian M. Logan Brian M. Logan ... Scab
Cheuk-Fai Chan Cheuk-Fai Chan ... Skull
Machs Colombani Machs Colombani ... Ratman
David Argue ... Cellmate
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Storyline

Robbins is sentenced to prison for the assassination of his general officer, a prison you leave only when you die. Since nobody ever leaves the prison, nobody knows what the prison is like. The prison manager realizes this and buys himself an island playground called "Absolom," where the worst prisoners are free to create an isolated barbaric society, and where the strongest men rule...a living hell. Robbins is sent to Absolom after he almost kills the prison manager. Written by dmcgar2@yahoo.com

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From the makers of "Aliens" and "The Terminator". See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a considerable amount of strong violence, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Penal Colony See more »

Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,340,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The helicopter "gunship" is, in actuality, a Russian Kamov Ka-27 'Helix' anti-submarine helicopter. The Helix features a coaxial rotor, and thus looks unfamiliar (and thus potentially futuristic) to Western audiences. See more »

Goofs

When Dysart hands Robbins a pair of Molotov Cocktails, he says they were invented by a man named "Sergei Molotov". This is, in fact, incorrect. The Molotov Cocktail was first used in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) before actually gaining this name in the Winter War (1939) between Finland and the Soviet Union. The Finns used this incendiary weapon to great affect against the Soviets and gave it the name the "Molotov Cocktail" as an insult directed towards the Soviet foreign minister, Vyacheslav Molotov. No one named Sergei was involved in the making of the weapon. See more »

Quotes

King: [Robbins limps into his newly assigned living quarters] Wipe your feet.
Robbins: Huh?
King: Wipe your feet! The average bare foot carries over six million germs.
Robbins: [Looks down] Wow, we're talking over 1.2 billion then, huh?
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Alternate Versions

UK video version is cut by 1 second from the climactic impaling scene to secure a "15" rating. The DVD features the same cut print. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

BOOGIE SHOES
Written by Harry Wayne Casey & Richard Finch
Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band
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Better Than How It First Looks
4 December 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

On the surface, this looks like a dumb movie which is overly violent and too seedy because it features nothing but hardened criminals plus the normal sadistic warden Hollywood always shows in all modern-day films.

But....it turns out the story isn't as sordid as it looks and the violence, although plentiful, is somehow not overdone. Also, the chief villain " Walter Marek" (Stuart Wilson) is a man with a good sense of humor. The comedic relief he brings is a real plus to the story. By the way, Wilson doesn't look like Mel Gibson but his voice sure sounds similar.

"No Escape" is strictly an action movie with an all-male cast that has a grim atmosphere of convicts fighting it out on an inescapable island in the year 2022.

Profanity isn't as much as you'd except in a tough film like this and - in a real oddity - Lance Henriksen is the nicest guy in the movie! He never utters a bad or angry word. If you know the characters Henriksen usually plays, you know this is a rarity. Ray Liotta, Michael Lerner and Ernie Hudson also star, so it's a decent cast.

You could do a lot worse looking for two hours of "escapist" fare.


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