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Felon (2008)

R | | Crime, Drama | 17 July 2008 (USA)
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A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.

Director:

Ric Roman Waugh

Writer:

Ric Roman Waugh

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Dorff ... Wade Porter
Marisol Nichols ... Laura Porter
Vincent Miller Vincent Miller ... Michael Porter
Anne Archer ... Maggie
Larnell Stovall ... Viper
Val Kilmer ... John Smith
Sam Shepard ... Gordon
Johnny Lewis ... Snowman
Harold Perrineau ... Lt. Jackson
Shawn Prince ... Todd Jackson
Chris Browning ... Danny Samson
Nick Chinlund ... Sgt. Roberts
Greg Serano ... Officer Diaz
Jake Walker Jake Walker ... Warden Harris
Nate Parker ... Officer Collins
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Storyline

A family man, Wade Porter, is living the American Dream with his girlfriend Laura and their son Michael: they have a nice house, he has just raised a loan to make his company grow and they are going to get married. However their dream becomes a nightmare when Wade unintentionally kills a burglar that had broken into their house in the middle of the night on his lawn. He is sent to trial and accepts a deal proposed by the prosecutor, being sentenced to three years in prison. During the transportation, there is an incident in the bus and Wade is framed and sent to the maximum security wing under the command of the corrupt Lieutenant Jackson. His cell-mate John Smith that was sentenced to life after avenging the death of his family befriends Wade and gives helpful advice and instills hope in Wade that he will return to his family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No Rules. No Hope. No Way Out.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence, pervasive language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Criminal See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,900, 18 July 2008

Gross USA:

$36,756
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Val Kilmer, who lives on a nearby New Mexico ranch, agreed to participate in this film secondary to his work with New Mexico's Film Investment Program. See more »

Goofs

When Wade first enters the SHU (Security Housing Unit), two inmates are shown in a cell together. All SHU inmates are single-celled. See more »

Quotes

Gordon Camrose: You gotta stop living in the past, John.
John Smith: Hey, I am the past.
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Excellent movie not the usual prison movie
17 July 2008 | by kclark1985See all my reviews

I was expecting another prison movie with just more rapes and violence, but i was pleasantly surprised. Val Kilmer is great and Stephen Dorff is great as well. It reminded me a little of The Shawshank redemption and an Innocent man. It shows how difficult life can be for someone whom lives a hardworking and honest life to enter the prison system filled with career criminals and gang members.

This movie encompasses friendships, hardships, and injustices. Even though the circumstances between the characters and the viewers are quite different, you don't feel that far removed from what the characters are going through.


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