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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slaroche
Mar 04, 2020

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

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Nooksack20
Jan 14, 2020

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

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MGallagher
Dec 21, 2019

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

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posie12
Dec 08, 2019

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

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amanoletters99
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.

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renea70
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.

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21221018293347
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.

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roystreet
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.

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jimg2000
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.

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graybear2
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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