The Escapist

June 20th, 2008


The Escapist

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Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill...

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.8/10 (9,222 voted)

Critic's Score: 56/100

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Stars: Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes

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.

Writers: Rupert Wyatt, Daniel Hardy

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 - Sam (as Vincent McCabe)
Jack Walsh - Sikes
Frank O'Sullivan - Hedges
Stephen Farrelly - Two Ton
Domhnall O'Donoghue - Mary
George Seremba - Stan
Eleanor McLynn - Frank's Daughter

Taglines: 5 Men. 4 Walls. 1 Plan.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 20 June 2008

Filming Locations: Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Gross: $13,023 (USA) (19 April 2009)

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Did You Know?

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

Continuity: During the scene in which Perry receives a half-kilogram of cocaine from Batista, his cell-mate (Lacey) is first shown lying on the top bunk with his head on the pillow. In the following scene, when Perry turns to sit on the lower bunk, Lacey is shown leaning with his back to the wall.

Rizza: You know the one thing you've got going for you, Frank? You're too old to die young.

User Review

A Great Escape

Rating: 8/10

Seen at Sundance Premiere 2008. Within the first 2 minutes of the Escapist you know your buckled in and you won't be getting up till the credits start rolling, and thats just how it is. In the tradition of the Bird Man of Alcatraz, Great Escape, Cool Hand Luke and other greats of the prison break genre you can add the Escapist. The feel is modern but the setup is old school and true to the genre in a familiarly comforting way. Director Rupert Wyatt has created a fantastic action film with intelligent sequencing and a meaningful ending that makes you remember its indie roots. What is even more amazing though is the (((sound))) , it is insane! The sounds of the prison are so real and chilling in their quiet way, then when the action hits its like a tidal wave of sound hitting all you senses. Rarely does a new flick come along with such wide potential that brings new ideas and old ones together so well. I'm left extremely impressed by all involved. Movie will be best seen on the big screen with high quality sound, I imagine American audiences will not show this as much love as they should do to the lack of big names but I suspect the UK will embrace this very well.


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