Lock Up 1989

Lock Up

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Sadistic prison warden Drumgoole (Donald Sutherland) is bent on taking his revenge against Frank Leone (Sylvester Stallone), the only prisoner to have escaped from his institution. He drags the inmate back to his maximum security hellhole and proceeds to have his guards torture him mercilessly. In addition to the warden, Frank tangles with fellow prisoner Chink Weber (Sonny Landham). When Frank learns that Drumgoole plans to kill his girlfriend on the outside, he plots his escape once more.

Cast & Crew

Donald Sutherland
Warden Drumgoole
John Amos
Captain Meissner
Sonny Landham
Chink Weber
Larry Romano
First Base
Richard Smith
Screenwriter
Jeb Stuart
Screenwriter
Henry Rosenbaum
Screenwriter
Michael S. Glick
Executive Producer
Donald E. Thorin
Cinematographer
Don Brochu
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Critic Reviews for Lock Up

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Audience Reviews for Lock Up

  • Sep 11, 2018
    My roommate and I were on a Stallone kick recently, but we never got around to watching Lock Up because we were looking for some hard (see: over-the-top) action, and this sounded more like a wistful drama. Eventually though, Lock Up came due, and I... actually kind of loved it? It's about as cheesy I had feared, but I what never occurred to me is that that cheese would totally work. I mean, it's not exactly Shawshank we're working with here, but if I were putting together a list of all the good prison movies ever made, Lock Up would be on it.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2011
    Really good and gripping film, Very underrated, One of Stallones best films acting wise plus it had some good intense scenes too.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2010
    If you ever wondered what Shawshank Redemption would’ve been like in the 80s, this is exactly it. Sylvester Stallone always delivers the action and heart, always making his movies watchable and admirable. This isn’t overly intelligent or complex, but it wasn’t meant to. It’s a simple story of a man wrongfully convicted and constantly tested, you just can’t avoid feeling compassion for him. It’s extremely goofy at times and almost ridiculous, but any Sly fan will find themselves happy.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2009
    Sylvester Stallone gives one of the greatest performances of his career, showing he is not an action hero but an actor and what a hell of an unforgettable performance. Donald Sutherland is brilliant, giving an intense and great peroformance. A powerful and excellent film. It's moving, thrilling, stunning and truly exhilerating. A riveting prison drama that is truly remarkable and outstanding.
    Al S Super Reviewer

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