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Breakout

4.1 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Robert Duvall, Jill Ireland, Randy Quaid, Sheree North
  • Directors: Tom Gries
  • Producers: Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Portuguese, French, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, English, 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: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUNO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Breakout" on IMDb

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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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Breakout

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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Robert Duvall's Jay Wagner is set up by his own father-in-law (John Huston, automatic movie shorthand for evil after Chinatown) because of some damaging information he has about the family business and framed for murder in Mexico. To give you a quick idea of how corrupt the Mexican justice system is Duvall's lawyer proves beyond a doubt that his client was somewhere else when the murder was committed but the judge finds him guilty anyway.

Jay's wife Ann (the inevitable Jill Ireland) is trying to come up with a plan to help her husband escape from custody but doesn't realize things keep going wrong because the man who is helping her works for her father-in-law who doesn't want any escape plans to succeed. Then she stumbles across a shifty pilot named Nick Colton (Bronson) who promises to do the job for no money up front--and who is also suspicious enough not to reveal the specifics of his plan until the last minute.

If you're a Bronson fan Breakout has a lot going for it. It's not directed by Michael Winner or J. Lee Thompson which immediately represents a big plus. Charles Bronson was at least as good of an actor as Clint Eastwood, probably better, but Eastwood was much smarter, producing and directing his own projects while Bronson worked strictly as an actor for hire. The two things that hurt Charles Bronson's career were that he too frequently worked with Michael Winner or J Lee Thompson and that he almost always gave wife Jill Ireland the lead role in his films. Jill Ireland likely wouldn't have had any acting career at all if not for her too loyal husband--more often than not she was a terrible lead. Breakout actually features one of her more effective performances.
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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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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.

In this film Bronson plays private contractor Nick Colton. His specialty: 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 wily veterans, can they avoid the pitfalls and traps set up by behind-the-scenes forces to prevent the retrieval? And does the contract and his internal sense of honor mean that Nick has to give up the wife of the executive, whom he's fallen for?

Decent addition to the action/thriller library.

Movie Notes:

- 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.
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