Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1989. White Eagle, Carolco Pictures, Gordon Company. Screenplay by Richard Smith, Jeb Stuart, Henry Rosenbaum. Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin. Produced by Charles Gordon, Lawrence Gordon. Music by Bill Conti. Production Design by Bill Kenney. Costume Design by Bernie Pollack. Film Editing by Don Brochu, Robert A. Feretti, Michael N. Knue, Barry B. Leirer.
Sylvester Stallone is just about to be released from prison for what we’re told is a petty crime, when the rug is pulled out from under him: he is transferred from his comfortable prison to one hell of a maximum security nightmare thanks to a vengeful warden (Donald Sutherland) whose career was once ruined by Stallone’s almost successful escape. Now our hero has to endure the bottomless pit of humanity’s worst, trying to stay sane and alive until he can be released and go home to his wife. The musclebound star is in fine form, but the film is a pale rehash of better prison movies (Bad Boys and Escape From Alcatraz come directly to mind), while Sutherland’s unapologetically hammy performance puts the film in the realm of kitsch.