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Lock Up (1989)

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With only six months left of his sentence, inmate Frank Leone is transferred from a minimum security prison to a maximum security prison by a vindictive warden.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Frank
Donald Sutherland ... Warden Drumgoole
John Amos ... Meissner
Sonny Landham ... Chink
Tom Sizemore ... Dallas
Frank McRae ... Eclipse
Darlanne Fluegel ... Melissa
William Allen Young ... Braden
Larry Romano ... First Base
Jordan Lund ... Manly
John Lilla John Lilla ... Wiley
Dean Rader-Duval ... Ernie (as Dean Duval)
Jerry Strivelli Jerry Strivelli ... Louie Munafo
David Anthony Marshall ... Mastrone
Kurek Ashley ... Chink's Gang
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Storyline

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Stallone...behind bars? Not for long. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Condena brutal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,099,847
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was nominated for three Golden Raspberry Awards at the 10th annual ceremony including Worst Picture, Worst Actor - Sylvester Stallone and Worst Supporting Actor - Donald Sutherland, but the film failed to take home a Razzie in any category. See more »

Goofs

The inmate that gets the wind knocked out of him by Eclipse during the football game hat flies off, but it miraculously appears back on his head. See more »

Quotes

Braden: He woulda put that shank in you! Whadya cover for him for?
Frank Leone: You got your rules. We got ours.
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Connections

Referenced in Just Your Luck (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

VEHICLE
Written by Jim Peterik
Performed by The Ides of March
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Vastly Underrated
29 October 2010 | by colin-883-72549See all my reviews

This is probably Sylvester Stallone's best performance that wasn't in Copland or a Rocky / Rambo film.

While the muscle dudes of the 80s did a lot of character-free action, this one is an action film with some character and drama.

I was surprised that the average rating was only 5.8. I would rank it among the best action films of Stallone's resume and also among the best action films of the 80s.

The supporting performances are quite good all around. Donald Sutherland is solid as always, and you get easily the best performance of Sonny Landham's career and Tom Sizemore showing why he became a bigger star about 5 years down the road.

This is the only big movie where Larry Romano got more than a few lines and he does a good job as "First Base." I was a little surprised he didn't go much further and generally only appeared in the future when the casting director needed someone to "look and sound Italian." I recommend this one even if you aren't a big Stallone fan. If any lesser known film will change your mind about him, it's probably either Copland or this one.


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