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The Escapist (2008)

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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

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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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.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El escapista See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,075, 5 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,023, 19 April 2009
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 meets his wife, and he looks around the doorway, behind him is a sign stating the prison regulations. However, about three quarters of the way down the list, 'prison' is erroneously spelled 'prision'. See more »

Quotes

Frank Perry: I'm free now. I'm old now.
Rizza: Free? You've got an imagination.
Frank Perry: Imagination is what protects us. It's what keeps us alive. You're still living, but less and less. Inside, you own this place. You run things. You're the king. But look around you, what do you see? It's all pretend. It's all made up. You own nothing. Nothing except sorrows and bars and rusty metal staircases. You'll never live, because outside you don't exist. No one will remember you. No one.
Rizza: You behave.
Frank Perry: Behaving myself is what's kept...
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Connections

Remade as The Escapist See more »

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The Escapist
Performed by Coldplay, 2007
Written by Jon Hopkins, Jon Buckland (as Jonny Buckland), Guy Berryman, Will Champion,
Chris Martin
Produced by Brian Eno & Jon Hopkins
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Gets my vote
20 January 2009 | by thomasthetankerSee all my reviews

I didn't vote on any films in 2008. There were plenty of decent films but nothing made me want to post on IMDb, whatever I want to say has always been put more eloquently by someone else. But this film deserves credit, naturally I checked here before I watched but afterwards I felt compelled to demonstrate some appreciation. No, you moron posters, it is NOT Prison Break, neither is it trying to be. After it finishes you'll want to watch it again. It looks real and gritty definitely not studio. I don't know enough about film to tell you if it was the script, acting, filming or anything else, it took me to a different place - Isn't that what we want most in a film?


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