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No Escape (1994)

A soldier convicted for murdering his commanding officer is dumped and left to die on a prison island inhabited by two camps of convicts.

Director:

Martin Campbell

Writers:

Richard Herley (novel), Michael Gaylin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Liotta ... Capt. J.T. Robbins
Lance Henriksen ... The Father
Stuart Wilson ... Walter Marek
Kevin Dillon ... Casey
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Stephano
Don Henderson ... Killian
Ian McNeice ... King
Jack Shepherd ... Dysart
Michael Lerner ... The Warden
Ernie Hudson ... Hawkins
Russell Kiefel Russell Kiefel ... Iceman
Brian M. Logan Brian M. Logan ... Scab
Cheuk-Fai Chan Cheuk-Fai Chan ... Skull
Machs Colombani Machs Colombani ... Ratman
David Argue ... Cellmate
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Storyline

Robbins is sentenced to prison for the assassination of his general officer, a prison you leave only when you die. Since nobody ever leaves the prison, nobody knows what the prison is like. The prison manager realizes this and buys himself an island playground called "Absolom," where the worst prisoners are free to create an isolated barbaric society, and where the strongest men rule...a living hell. Robbins is sent to Absolom after he almost kills the prison manager. Written by dmcgar2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

Welcome to the future at it's most primitive. This is a prison with just one rule: Survival of the Fittest. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a considerable amount of strong violence, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Penal Colony See more »

Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,588,736, 1 May 1994

Gross USA:

$15,339,030

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,339,030
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ray Liotta's character Robbins only smiles four times throughout the entire film. See more »

Goofs

When Dysart hands Robbins a pair of Molotov Cocktails, he says they were invented by a man named "Sergei Molotov". This is, in fact, incorrect. The Molotov Cocktail was first used in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) before actually gaining this name in the Winter War (1939) between Finland and the Soviet Union. The Finns used this incendiary weapon to great affect against the Soviets and gave it the name the "Molotov Cocktail" as an insult directed towards the Soviet foreign minister, Vyacheslav Molotov. No one named Sergei was involved in the making of the weapon. See more »

Quotes

Warden: Was there something you wanted to add?
Robbins: Don't ever turn your back on me again.
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Alternate Versions

German video retail version is cut for violence to secure a "Not under 16" rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in La gente es imbécil (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

BOOGIE SHOES
Written by Harry Wayne Casey & Richard Finch
Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band
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User Reviews

 
Actually This Is Kind Of Fun
12 August 2005 | by no-skylineSee all my reviews

Ray Liota stars in this sci-fi actioner, sent to an in-escapable island prison he bands together with a group of fellow inmates to fight off a band of savages. Stuart Wilson plays Marek the psycho leader of the savages and his over the top portrayal fits in with the late night b-movie feel. Also appearing are a whole host of British character actors along with Lance Henrickson and Ernie Hudson who seem to make a living off this type of direct to video fare.

If your not into sci-fi or action you may as well leave now, this is one of those films that regular appears late at night on the movie channel and is worth watching because it's a fun no brainer. The best way to describe it is a cross of Mad Max and Fortress the Christopher Lambert Sci-Fi effort. This film is superior to Fortress but falls way short of Mad Max.

Liota is pretty good but this is no where near his quality of performance in Goodfella's and to be honest it doesn't need to be as this is b-movie action fun not Scorsese. He drives the plot along and carries the action scenes off well. Lance Henrikson is reliable as ever and adds to his impressive list of fantasy/sci-fi appearances, Ernie Hudson is OK but will never escape from the isn't that the fourth guy in ghostbusters who didn't have much to do? One for the late night sci-fi / b-movie fans 6/10


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