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Lock Up (star)(artisan)

4.3 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews

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"This is hell and I'm going to give you a guided tour!" With these chilling words, the warden (Donald Sutherland) welcomes Frank Leone (Sylvester Stallone) to Gateway Prison, a nightmare jail where every minute is hard time. The warden wants vengeance for the past; Leone wants only to survive the present. Their explosive battle of wills is the electrifying heart of one of Stallone's most heroic thrillers, LOCK UP. Stallone gives a monumental performance as Leone, a convict driven to break his own cherished code by a warden who will stop at nothing to get him.

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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos, Sonny Landham, Tom Sizemore
  • Directors: John Flynn
  • Writers: Henry Rosenbaum, Jeb Stuart, Richard Smith
  • Producers: Adam Simon, Charles Gordon, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MEYKEG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,625 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lock Up (star)(artisan)" on IMDb

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By Nemo Daison on February 5, 2003
Format: DVD
Ok, so the guy who did the Amazon.com Editorial review calls the people who enjoy this movie demented, drunk, or having really low standards. Who says you have to take the movie seriously...just enjoy it; I think we all realize that what happens in this movie would never happen in real life, and that's what makes it so cool. I say Lock Up is one of Stallone's more memorable movies for me although it is one of his lesser known roles. This movie probably wouldn't be good if it were played by anyone other than Stallone, but it isn't so it's great. Stallone plays Frank Leone, a man serving a short and normal prison sentence, when he is suddenly and inexplicably sent to Gateway, a hell-hole of a prison, with the evil Warden Drumgoole in charge, played very well by Donald Sutherland. Drumgoole employs a bully named Chink, (played by Sonny Landham) to make sure Leone's time at Gateway is as unpleasant as possible. The most memorable moment in the film for me is when Leone goes after Chink when he crosses the line. On the front of the DVD one critic states, "A surprisingly human film." I must agree. You really start to feel for Frank Leone after he is given such a hard time, and you want to see him exact his revenge like only Stallone can.
Stallone just has a certain aura about him, ya know? Like he's almost not human, with larger-than-life characters like Rocky and Rambo in his name, but something more...maybe I am just, demented...but I think a lot of Stallone fans know exactly what I mean.
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Let me start by saying that I'm not demented, I don't drink, and I have fairly stringent standards when it comes to what I watch. That being said, I wish all the critics and haters out there would give Stallone a break, especially concerning this movie. Granted , my entire family, being from Philly, is unabashedly pro-Stallone. Even so, I can say without bias that he does a great job here, mixing prison drama with hard action. Also, you have a triumvirate of great character actors: Donald Sutherland (creepy as usual), Tom Sizemore (hyper as ever), and John Amos, who plays James Evans playing a prison guard ("Junior, you betta put a lock-down on yo' lips!") It won't win the critics' award for Best Film of the 90's, but who cares? Just watch it.
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"Lock Up" features a strong cast with the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos, Tom Sizemore and Sonny Landham. Stallone portrays Frank Leone, who must serve the remaining six months of his sentence at a minimum security correctional facility. Leone's cell is ransacked in the middle of the night and is taken into custody against his will by security guards from a maximum security prison, where Leone is escorted and is promptly given the guided tour of hell. The viewer, as well as Leone, is then given an explanation of Leone's transfer, courtesy of one evil Warden Drumgoole, played by Sutherland. The tone of the movie is set upon Drumgoole's intense greeting: "Welcome to Gateway, Leone". It's payback time, according to the warden, whose administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, whom Warden Drumgoole makes sure never has another pleasureable moment during Leone's sentence. Leone's stay isn't entirely unbearable, for there are a few bright spots here, as our beloved convict-hero makes some fast friends in the prison autobody shop, with the likes of Eclipse (Frank McRae), Dallas (Tom Sizemore) and First Base (Larry Romano). It is here where these individuals share a common bond of friendship, including their love of cars, which is one of "Lock Up's" few tender moments. Ah, but there can't be friends without enemies, can there? Frank finds his enemy at a prison football game, where he is brutally roughhoused by one Chink Weber (Sonny Landham). Things don't get any easier for Leone, as he is constantly belittled and brutally assaulted by Drumgoole's staff. Overall, this is a strong film, with some believable characters, although the plot in certain spots is somewhat weak and unbelievable.Read more ›
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By Kon-el on March 10, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
the movie, well, you should know the movie by now, if you don't, that is some kind of sad as you should have accidentally seen it by now. so what i'm really talking about is the quality of the blu ray picture. its an older catalog title and not one of stallone's blockbuster titles so the studio wasn't going to put a lot of effort into this. while the pq isn't terrible, it is fuzzy with grain throughout, but there is sharpness as the film progresses and the layer of grain is overly distracting and colors are solid. all in all, for the price, it is an upgrade over the dvd.
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Great but a bit to unrealistic.I just dont think i have ever heard of a body shop in a prison before.But i dont know a damn thing about prison so what am i suppose to say huh? For a stallone movie this has all the trappings you would want from him..fights,drama.attitude,betrayal.Interesting plot with a corrupt warden playing the main villain.
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Had this on dvd for years. This bluray transfer is excellent. Crisp & clean. The movie is his best in my opinion. A movie of friendship, good vs evil & right & wrong. Well worth at least watching & making up your own mind.
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