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The Break (1997)

A Further Gesture (original title)
Dowd, who's IRA, escapes an Irish prison in a bloody jailbreak, making his way to New York City where he lives alone, avoids Irish hangouts, and works as a dishwasher. When a good deed gets... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Dornhelm

Writers:

Ronan Bennett (screenplay), Stephen Rea (idea by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Rea ... Sean Dowd
Alfred Molina ... Tulio
Rosana Pastor ... Monica
Brendan Gleeson ... Richard
Jorge Sanz ... Paco
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Scott
Frankie McCafferty ... Danny
Sean McGinley ... Tommy Breen
Paul Ronan ... Liam
Richard Dormer ... Joe
Roy Heaybeard Roy Heaybeard ... Food Lorry Driver
Toby Bradford Toby Bradford ... Charlie
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Roisin
Robert Taylor Robert Taylor ... Visiting Room Prison Officer
B.J. Hogg B.J. Hogg ... Albert
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Dowd, who's IRA, escapes an Irish prison in a bloody jailbreak, making his way to New York City where he lives alone, avoids Irish hangouts, and works as a dishwasher. When a good deed gets him stabbed, one of the restaurant employees takes him in and finds him medical care. As Dowd recovers in the flat of Tulio and Tulio's sister Monica, he realizes that these Guatemalan exiles share his rebellious principles. When he learns they are planning a political assassination, he offers to help. His attraction to Monica contributes to his willingness to volunteer. However, the cops are closing in on him: can he make the hit, protect his new friends, and escape with Monica? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

References Dr. Kildare (1961) See more »

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Sometimes you gotta take it with you.
22 April 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

Seems when a movie starts with a prison break, the story predictably goes in one of two directions. (1) Our protagonist has a big score already planned, and all the resources are at his fingertips. He's upbeat and optimistic. The air of freedom, albeit temporary, smells good. Or, (2) He looks toward a redemptive arc. Probably he finds a good woman in the most unlikely of places, and strives to go, with her, toward a better end. He will meet with some success, only to find a prohibitive obstacle in his path. I mean we can't let a guy escape from prison and get away clean, can we?

In ‘The Break' (USA title) Stephen Rea again does a masterful job of underplaying the character of Sean Dowd, trying option #2 on for size. He breaks out of an Irish prison, then relocates to New York, where he works in an obscure restaurant washing dishes.

The story then follows a rather predictable path, with a somewhat surprising ending. Director Roger Dornhelm does a good job keeping the film on track.

Overall a solid thriller.


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Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,975, 22 February 1998

Gross USA:

$14,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,760
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