Escape at Dannemora (2018– )
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Part 1 

2 prison inmates vie for the attention of Joyce "Tilly" Mitchell.


Ben Stiller


Brett Johnson (created by), Michael Tolkin (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Benicio Del Toro ... Richard Matt
Patricia Arquette ... Tilly Mitchell
Paul Dano ... David Sweat
Bonnie Hunt ... Catherine Leahy Scott
Eric Lange ... Lyle Mitchell
David Morse ... Gene Palmer
Jeremy Bobb ... Dennis Lambert
Michael Beasley ... Murder
Calvin Dutton ... Kilo
Dominic Colón ... Odell
Joshua Rivera ... Angel
Antoni Corone ... Commissary Clerk
Diana Durango ... Reporter at Clinton
Jeffrey Schecter ... Spencer Freedman
Johanna Day ... Ruth


After the June 2015 prison break from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY, Joyce "Tilly" Mitchell is questioned about her involvement with the two men. Months earlier, Tilly enjoys her job at the prison tailor shop, balancing the temptations of David Sweat, a younger inmate, and her obligations to her husband, Lyle. Richard Matt, an inmate with an artistic talent, supplies oil paintings to guards in exchange for special treatment. Ultimately, his attentions turn to Tilly.

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Biography | Crime | Drama








Release Date:

18 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


David Morse who plays corrections officer Gene Palmer in this mini-series, also played corrections officer Brutus Howell in 'The Green Mile' (1999). See more »


When Tilly storms out of the War of 1812 Museum and walks around Plattsburgh, she cuts through Trinity Park. In the background, you can see a blue and yellow historical marker...that marker was erected by the City of Plattsburgh in the Summer/Fall of 2017, more than two years after the events of the series. See more »


Written by Ricky Reed, Rickard Göransson, Jacob Kasher, LunchMoney Lewis
Performed by LunchMoney Lewis
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Episode 1
29 January 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Based on a true life tale. Ben Stiller directs a slow burn first episode that sets a time and place with 1970s songs as well as pop songs from 2015.

This is a blue collar world. it is winter, it is snowing and middle aged, overweight Joyce 'Tilly' Mitchell (Patricia Arquette) has to get ready for work with her tubby husband. Both work for the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York state.

Tilly supervises the prisoners making garments. She also has cosy quick sex with young David Sweat (Paul Dano.) Something Tilly craves for despite the dangers of being found out.

Meanwhile Prison Officer Gene Palmer (David Morse) is very pally with with Richard Matt (Benicio Del Toro.) Matt gives the prison officer oil paintings in exchange for stuff that can come useful in prison beside a copious supply of oil paints. Matt likes to think he is an important man in the prison system.

Both Matt and Sweat are cooking up something. Matt tells Sweat to cool it with Tilly. Even her husband knows she is being friendly with one prisoner.

We know from the opening scenes they escaped because it is Tilly who is being interrogated.

Stiller gives the episode a gritty even nihilistic edge. The prison is institutionally corrupt because of the way the prisoners are used for personal reasons by the prison workers.

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