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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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

5 Men. 4 Walls. 1 Plan.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Rupert Wyatt revealed on the DVD commentary that Damian Lewis wore ladies underwear throughout filming. 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

Rizza: You don't have much, but you just subtracted from what's left.
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Connections

Remade as The Escapist See more »

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The Butcher Boy
Performed by Brian Cox, 2007
(Traditional)
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An impressive film filled with sonic delights
24 January 2008 | by johngregory07See all my reviews

Truly superb film. I was impressed by the choice of actors, some of whom played characters that one wouldn't expect them to do so well in - Damian Lewis, in particular, really impressed with his performance as 'the bad guy', while Steven Mackintosh also does an impressive job of scaring the living daylights out of you in this film.

The sound design and parts of the music really help the film along, building the pace at the right moments, creating suspense and capturing the raw, gritty feeling of prison life perfectly. It was a delight getting so involved in the subtleties of a film's soundtrack - something that is lacking in modern day feature films.

This film should stand out far more than other films of this genre, it is award-winning material.


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