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The Escapist (2008)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 20 June 2008 (UK)
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Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's ... See full summary »

Director:

Rupert Wyatt
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Cox ... Frank Perry
Damian Lewis ... Rizza
Joseph Fiennes ... Lenny Drake
Seu Jorge ... Viv Batista
Liam Cunningham ... Brodie
Dominic Cooper ... Lacey
Steven Mackintosh ... Tony
Ned Dennehy ... Jumpy Con
Vinnie McCabe Vinnie McCabe ... Sam (as Vincent McCabe)
Jack Walsh ... Sikes
Frank O'Sullivan Frank O'Sullivan ... Hedges
Stephen Farrelly ... Two Ton (as Sheamus O'Shaunessy)
Domhnall O'Donoghue Domhnall O'Donoghue ... Mary
George Seremba George Seremba ... Stan
Eleanor McLynn Eleanor McLynn ... Frank's Daughter
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A veteran convict hatches a plan to escape prison. A remake of the 2008 film, "The Escapist".

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Storyline

Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and recruits a dysfunctional band of escapists - misfits with unique skills required for their daring plan and united by desire to escape their hell hole of an existence. Much of the action takes place within the tunnels, sewers and underground rivers of subterranean London. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

5 Men. 4 Walls. 1 Plan.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The role of Frank Perry was written specifically for Brian Cox by director Rupert Wyatt, who had worked with Cox before and wanted to work with him again. When Cox refused a supporting role in a movie Wyatt offered him and challenged him to write him a good leading role, Wyatt did exactly that. See more »

Goofs

During the scene in which Perry receives a half-kilogram of cat (methcathinone) from Batista, his cell-mate (Lacey) is shown lying on the top bunk with his head on the pillow. In the following scene, as Perry turns to sit on the lower bunk, Lacey is now leaning with his back to the wall. See more »

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Rizza: You know the one thing you've got going for you, Frank? You're too old to die young.
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Remade as The Escapist See more »

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The Butcher Boy
Performed by Brian Cox, 2007
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British at it's best!
29 April 2009 | by filmsploitationSee all my reviews

Phil's Quick Capsule Review: Well acted, clever and thought provoking films don't come along too often but that's exactly what The Escapist is. Superbly crafted this Lottery Supported film shows everything that is right about British cinema. Not for everyone's tastes for sure but The Escapist should be a must see for fans of quality UK films.

Best Bit: Frank's final speech

IMDb Rating: 7/10

If you liked this try: Prison Break Season 1 (9/10); Shawshank Redemption (9/10);

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beglys See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,075, 5 April 2009

Gross USA:

$13,439

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$388,174
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1.85 : 1
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