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August 10, 2016
Another typical Bronson action pic that has him in South America rescuing a friend.
½ January 30, 2015
One of the best of Bronson's mid-70s output in my opinion, however, is Tom Gries' "Breakout." The story has drama, humor, and tremendous forward momentum, the cast is superior, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, John Huston, and Jill Ireland. Most importantly, Charles Bronson breaks out of his silent-and-stony persona and creates a character that has depth, humor, and humanity as well as toughness... Bronson breaks all the rules and still comes out a winner--The movie "Breakout" was based on a true story by Joel Kaplan, the man who actually broke out of a Mexican prison, after being framed for murder. He wrote the book. It was actually his sister who arranged his escape, not his fictional Hollywood wife... Another Great Escape!!
April 6, 2014
The day I'm reduced to making love in here...that's the day I give up.

A prisoner wrongfully accused and sent to prison tells his wife he has a plan to breakout. She cuts a con artist pilot a check to help her break him out, when he discovers the mission, he offers to pull the mission through for $50k. They agree and begin an adventure to rescue the husband...but will they fall in love in the process?

"I've never been raped."
"We should all be so lucky."

Tom Gries, director of Breakheart Pass, Helter Skelter, 100 Rifles, Will Penny, Journey through Rosebud, Lady Ice, and Girl in the Woods, delivers Breakout. The storyline for this picture is above average for the genre and fun to watch unfold. The script is pretty witty and the characters are interesting. The cast includes Charles Bronson, Robert Duvall, Randy Quad, Jill Ireland, and Sheree North.

"What are you going to do, condemn a man because he was caught?"

I DVR'd this because it starred Charles Bronson, Robert Duvall, and John Huston (in a small role). All three of these men are eccentric, recluse, Hollywood heavyweights and I thought it would be cool to see them in a picture together. Overall, this is an above average action picture that is worth a viewing but far from a classic or worth adding to your DVD collection.

"Rape me. I'll help you."

Grade: C+
March 29, 2014
Directed by Tom Gries (100 Rifles (1969), Number One (1969) and The Hawaiians (1970)) and produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler Rocky (1976)), this action-thriller was based on real events that happened in 1971, as documented in Eliot Asinof's book 'The Incredible True Story Of The 10 Second Breakout'. It makes for a good film, and it's the kind of film they simply don't make anymore. It begins when American businessman Jay Wagner (Robert Duvall) is arrested in Chile for a murder he allegedly committed in Mexico, which he didn't. Wagner is thrown before a kangaroo court, and sentenced to 28 years in prison. It turns out Wagner's corrupt father-in-law Harris (John Huston) set Wagner up because he felt Wagner was a threat to his companies shady dealings. Wagner's wife Ann (Jill Ireland) has one hope, in the form of bush pilot Nick Colton (Charles Bronson) and his team, Hawk Hawkins (Randy Quaid) and Myrna (Sheree North), who for $50,000, take an incredible chance to rescue Wagner from the hellish Mexican prison. It's a good film, with some lovely cinematography by Lucien Ballard and a good score by Jerry Goldsmith, even Bronson, before he got stuck doing Death Wish sequels, puts in a good performance as the fearless pilot. As a result, the makers couldn't film in Mexico, so they went to France and Spain instead.
March 14, 2014
A fun 70's actioner with a good cast, and an on fine form Bronson performance. The story is as simple as bread and butter that works very well here, and the movie also boasts one of the best bad guy deaths ever put to film. Randy Quaid dressed up as a woman was hilarious. Well worth a look.
March 11, 2014
Imprisonment in a foreign country - it may be a fate far worse than death. Jay Wagner (Robert Duvall) is framed for murder by his scheming grandfather (John Huston). Unjustly convicted, he faces 28 hard years of confinement in a crowded Mexican prison. Wagner's guilt-ridden wife Ann (Jill Ireland), who unwittingly aided in framing him by confiding in the grandfather, turns topilot Nick Colton (Charles Bronson) and his partner Hawk (Randy Quaid) to help Wagner escape. Only the most cunning and daring tactics can spring Wagner, so Colton must plan the impossible. Breakout builds to an explosive climax when Colton launches an all-out desperate helicopter raid that will either rescue the prisoner or cost the lives of all involved.

also stars Jill Ireland, Sheree North, Alejandro Rey, Paul Mantee and Roy Jenson.

directed by Tom Gries.
March 8, 2014
When a CIA-related conspiracy puts an innocent man in a Mexican prison, the man's wife hires a devil-may-care pilot and his "team" to spring him. Great mix of action, adventure and light comedy. Probably the only chance you'll get to see Randy Quaid in drag.
March 30, 2011
Fun action film starring Charles Bronson
Super Reviewer
½ March 5, 2010
Good movie right from the start.The murder by plane at the end was just brutal
February 6, 2010
Jill Ireland rules this film. Bronson doesn't get enough screen time. Duvall is at his most average. John Huston is always a bad sign when acting in a movie that isn't Chinatown. Randy Quaid is amazing. And the rest of the cast is the reason to watch this one. Sadly the movie seems like a Peckinpah film without the Peckinpah. I'm torn because I like it and Bronson is amazing but the movie is a series of missed chances.
½ October 1, 2009
If Charlie's in it, it's gotta be good....well most of the time!!!!
November 16, 2008
"No prison is strong enough to hold Bronson"

Err when exactly is Bronson actually in prison?

Don't take it all to seriously and you should enjoy it, unless your a complete snob with no sense of humor. I do agree that Robert Duvall is wasted.
½ October 19, 2008
Good suspense thriller with Bronson getting able back up from Quaid and Duvall.
½ May 6, 2008
This is a good movie
½ May 3, 2008
a different kind of prison break movie that leaves you entertained and satisfied. Bronson plays his usual self. which is awesome of course.
April 29, 2008
A great Bronson flick and yet another collaboration with Jill Ireland.

When Jill Ireland's husband (Robert Duvall) is sent to prison for something he didnt do she hires Charles Bronson to break him out.

Features an excellent score by Jerry Goldsmith too!
March 11, 2008
Hired to get Duvall out of jail, Bronson is better then usual.
March 3, 2008
While it's fun to see Bronson in a less serious role the movie is slow and somewhat boring. Both Randy Quaid and Robert Duvall are wasted.
Super Reviewer
January 13, 2008
Should've been called Charles Bronson and friends. Chuck, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, John Huston and, of course, Jill Ireland star in this really fun flick where Bronson plays a fast talking, con-man, airplane pilot hired by Ireland to break out her husband from prison. Along with seeing Bronson in a fun role this is well worth seeing just for a splatterific scene straight out of Braindead (or Raiders of the Lost Ark for the strong stomached). After watching this I think the Russell Crowe, Meg Ryan flick Proof of Life (which I also enjoyed, gotta love David Morse and Caruso) should've been credited as a remake.
January 13, 2008
Great movie. Bronson is much looser in this role than in most of his others, the chick who plays Myrna is f'in smoking, Robert Duvall doesnt have much to do but he handles it aptly. It was weird seeing Randy Quaid pre-National Lampoon's. There's some laughs, there's some drama, and a dude gets chopped to million of pieces in an airplane propeller and the effects make it look like a pillowcase torn to shreds. What's not to like?
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