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Breakout (1975)

Charles Bronson , Robert Duvall , Tom Gries  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Robert Duvall, Jill Ireland, Randy Quaid, Sheree North
  • Directors: Tom Gries
  • Writers: Eliot Asinof, Elliott Baker, Howard B. Kreitsek, Marc Norman, Warren Hinckle
  • Producers: Irwin Winkler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUNO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,819 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Imprisonment in a foreign country... it may be a fate far worse than death. Jay Wagner (Robert Duvall) is framed for murder by his scheming grandfather (John Huston). Unjustly convicted, he faces 28 hard years of confinement in a crowded Mexican prison. Wagner's guilt-ridden wife Ann (Jill Ireland), who unwittingly aided in framing him by confiding in the grandfather, turns to pilot Nick Colton (Charles Bronson) and his partner Hawk (Randy Quaid) to help Wagner escape. Only the most cunning anddaring tactics can spring Wagner, so Colton must plan the impossible. BREAKOUT builds to an explosive climax when Colton launches an all-out desperate helicopter raid that will either rescue the prisoner or cost the lives of all involved.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bronson at his Best April 13, 2002
Being a big Charles Bronson fan, i consider this to be among one of his best movies. The usually tight lipped quite guy is actually very colorful and alive in this action packed thriller. What a great cast also that are along for the ride Robert Duvall, Jull Ireland, Randy Quaid, Sheere North and even John Houston. Also, Another great score by Jerry Goldsmith. The real winner here is Bronson's performance.
Well for the DVD? it is barebones not even a trailer and although i would have loved to see some extras on this, chances of that happening are very remote. The biggest joy is to finally have this in the widescreen format 2.35:1 after countless years of watching the lousy pan and scan versions on video and laserdisc, this is a real treat to have and a MUST own for bronson fans.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LIFE IMITATING ART December 26, 2004
When BREAKOUT was released in 1975, it was shown at Jackson State Prison (Michigan). Several days later, someone tried to break an inmate out of the prison using a helicopter. Unlike the film it failed. But another classic example of life imitating art. The prisoners would have been better off trying to get an imitation of Sheree North in (the)black lingerie (sequence). BREAKOUT is yet again another enjoyable Bronson time waster, not of the caliber of his work with Michael Winner, but still worth a look. The Jerry Goldsmith score is first rate as expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action and fast paced January 18, 2008
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A must buy for Charles Bronson fans. His real wife, Jill Ireland, is just so beautiful. Robert Duvall, Sheree North, and Randy Quaid greatly support Bronson in this "breakout" tale of Bronson and company rescuing Duvall from a Mexican jail, for a crime he did not commit.
There is action, humor, action, and great tension and drama in this movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drama, but fun too May 22, 2010
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There are few dramas that are so much fun; few comedies that have such a taut plot. This film was just a great outing for Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland. Robert Duvall is miscast and underutilized as the victim of a conspiracy to falsely imprison an American in Mexico. Bronson is hired to get him out. Oddly enough, this unlikely scenario actually was a true story; odder still is the fact that Mexican law never considered this scenario and, thus, had no law prohibiting someone from rescuing someone from such a jail.
If you are a Bronson fan, you will defintely want this disk; it is funny, sexy, and a taut thriller, rolled into one. If you are a Robert Duvall fan, you should seek other movies, as he was only a very minor player in the overall plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad...Not Bad at All! March 25, 2012
I don't own this one but I sure remember seeing it on the big screen as a high schooler soaking up as many action double-features as I could during their golden age, the '70s. Reading from other reviewers that it comes on widescreen DVD certainly is a persuasive argument to pick it up.

I recall seeing the film along with Phase IV, the one about intelligent desert ants on the march. That film was somewhat engrossing but a little offbeat. Its biggest problem though was that it was second on the bill after Breakout which ruled the evening with its cool-dude(Bronson)-in-a-loose-mood attack on the viewer's sensibilities. Just a relaxed Bronson doing his thing and then some. Unfortunately, Robert Duvall's talents are wasted with few lines and a blatently bad toupee; Jill Ireland plays Jill Ireland, and Randy Quaid is immediately suspect in the absence of his usual scene stealing antics although he's still excellent here.

And as has been mentioned here by a few people, somebody does get it by a propeller, but it's not poorly done (it was perfect for '70s special effects). In fact, I recall it had me wanting to see a replay. With a future purchase of Breakout from Amazon, I can have just that!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Action/Thriller March 11, 2011
By MadMacs
Bronson was never an actor's actor, not in the traditional sense. A squint & smile did for him what a soliloquy did for Olivier.

The prototype for the action stars of today, his real asset was his presence - the man had sheer presence. You could feel the raw energy that boiled under all those ripped muscles. If he growled at you to jump - your only recourse would've been to ask, "How high?".

Bronson was an honest-to-goodness badass, so any of his films can't be judged based on 'acting' per se. Rather you gauge it on how much fun you had in the viewing. And Breakout was pretty fun.

A decent action/adventure flick with one of the most outrageous on-screen death scenes you'll ever see.

Typically, when someone dies by way of a plane's propeller, you experience the horror in a splash of red on the blades, the plane fuselage, and/or the ground. This is the first time I can recall seeing a complete 'body' take the devastating hit. Absolutely brutal. And, to be honest, actually kind of a relief and humorous - because it's so clearly a stuffed mannequin going thru a man-sized blender. No such thing as CGI back then.

In this film Bronson plays private contractor Nick Colton. His specialty is hot extractions. Hired by the wife of a corporate executive wrongly imprisoned in a Mexican penitentiary, forgotten by his so-called friends and abandoned by our government; she won't leave her husband to die in a third-world craphole. His job - get him out. But not everyone is working toward the same goal.

As Nick puts together a ragtag team of hired guns and wilily veterans, can they avoid the pitfalls and traps set up by behind-the-scenes forces to prevent the retrieval?
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