(out of 5)

Another prison movie for , and once again he’s trying for the great escape. He plays a French petty criminal who is wrongly accused of murder and, after a few unsuccessful attempts to break free, is sent to a maximum security prison in Guyana. All manner of degradation is detailed graphically for the eye to see, including sadistic sex among prisoners and torturous periods of isolation, and each detail only makes the experience less pleasant. It’s a pretty dull film, with the only worthwhile scenes coming from ‘s lively performance as McQueen’s awkward prison buddy. Based on a true story, McQueen’s title character keeps trying to break out throughout the whole film without ever giving up.


USA/France, 1973

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner

Screenplay by , , based on the book by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Franklin J. Schaffner

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards:  1973

Golden Globe Awards 1973


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