Escape at Dannemora

Escape at Dannemora

A Limited Event Series

DVD - 2019
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Based on a stranger-than-fiction prison break in upstate New York, the story of two convicts who spawned a statewide manhunt and were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee who became involved with both men. It's a bizarre tale filled with twists and turns, yet through it all there's one thing that unites the inmates and citizens: everyone's looking for a way out.
Patricia Arquette is a Golden Globe Winner, "Best Performance By an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television" & was a winner of a Screen Actors Guild Awards for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series" ; Ben Stiller won Directors Guild of America "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series".
"**** out of four. Ben Stiller directs a masterpiece."--USA Today
"Brilliant. Thoroughly gripping."--Washington Post
"Stunning performances by Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, and Benicio Del Toro."--Boston Globe
Publisher: Hollywood, California : Showtime Networks Inc. a CBS Company : CBS Broadcasting Inc., 2019.
Edition: Widescreen edition
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION ESC
Characteristics: 3 DVDs (ca. 443 min.)


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Mar 04, 2020

1.5* so long and boring. I could not get into this series.

Jan 14, 2020

An alright dramatization of a real story. Del Toro plays a really good bad guy.

Dec 21, 2019

Excellent series and actors. Prison life must be hell on earth, no wonder they tried to escape.

Dec 08, 2019

Poor old Tilly, she got worse press than the murderers, and she was married to Lyle too!

Nov 19, 2019

A well produced Mini-series of a captivating (captivating, get it?) story. Ben Stiller did an excellent directing and producing the series. I'm not one for prison films, but this one was interesting.

Nov 13, 2019

I really like it but for some reason had a hard time hearing some of what they were saying no matter how much I turned it up.

Nov 04, 2019

This was a detailed movie, which at times seems redundant. I would have like to have more focus on the capture and prosecution rather than so many details leading up to the escape. Fabulous acting. Paul Dano is a master actor. Patricia Arquette and Benico Del Toro also are superb in their respective roles.

Sep 19, 2019

Haunting! This really captured the prison experience. I especially liked the way it got me into their points of view. I see many comments that it is too slow, but I think it's important for the viewer not just to know intellectually but to FEEL.

This, by the way, is a perfect modern example of Film Noir. Not only in structure - a scene from the present leading to the main action in flashback, then a flashback within the flashback - but also the violence and sex; the vain attempt to escape the past; the scars left on the innocent bystanders.

Jul 11, 2019

Fresh mini-series even though we knew how the story ended:

-Ben Stiller directed but not an actor in this crime drama, best effort since Zoolander and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
-Based on the 2015 prison break and the subsequent 23-days manhunt for two convicted murderers at Clinton Correctional Facility, an imposing maximum security state prison for men located in the Village of Dannemora, New York, nicknamed “Little Siberia.”
-Per bonus material, filmed on locations with real guards, ex-cons and manhunt NY State police and U.S. Border Patrol's Tactical Team who were present during the 2015 event.
-Per wiki, the prison is the largest maximum security prison and the third oldest prison in New York. The staff includes about a thousand guards and capacity of nearly 3,000 inmates.
-Prisoners can work in sweatshops and had the ability to pursue other interests – like art, though in a very crowded compound full of hard and dangerous men, except the few women staffs such as "Tilly" (Patricia Arquette - Boyhood 2014) the married tailor shop civilian supervisorr who becomes romantically entangled with both Matt (Benicio del Toro - Sicario) and Sweat (Paul Dano - Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy 2015) and aids in their escape.
-A case study in systemic security lapses inside the prison. The series describe them slowly as complacency leads to failure in time.

May 17, 2019

Really darned good! Usually something this long would drag, but we never felt that this one did. Recommended!

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