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Escape from Pretoria doesn't quite do justice to the fact-based story it's dramatizing, but that lack of depth is offset by suitably gripping jailbreak action. Read critic reviews

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Sentenced to a South African prison for 12 years, anti-apartheid activist Tim Jenkin and his fellow inmates devise a daring plan to escape.

Cast & Crew

Ian Hart
Denis Goldberg
Daniel Webber
Stephen Lee
Stephen Hunter
Peter Jenkin
Mark Leonard Winter
Leonard Fontaine
Paul Harvey
Prison Warden
Martin Ayles
Prison Guard
PJ Oaten
David Rabkin
Lliam Amor
David Kitson
Adam Ovadia
Van Zadelhoff
Francis Annan
Screenwriter
L.H. Adams
Screenwriter
David Barron
Producer
Toby Ascher
Executive Producer
Jeff Fowler
Executive Producer
Masanao Maeda
Executive Producer
Tim Miller
Executive Producer
Stephen F. Windon
Cinematographer
Junkie XL
Original Music
Sean Haworth
Production Design
Chris Beach
Art Director
Shannon Gottlieb
Set Decoration
Debra McGuire
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Critic Reviews for Escape From Pretoria

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (12)

  • The pleasure here is in the fine detail, and Annan makes sure we feel every scrape of chisel on wood. The characterizations are not deep, but that's part of the genre.

    May 27, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Annan knows how to grip, his story accelerating with a jittery rhythm, while Radcliffe's eternal earnestness fits the bill neatly.

    March 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's the nervy camera, hugging the characters at hip height, the better to scrutinise each locked barrier to freedom, that most successfully builds the tension.

    March 9, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • I did like this film a bit. It is more linear... but it is a good performance for Daniel Radcliffe especially.

    March 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Almost everything that's enjoyable is a variation on stuff you've probably seen in superior prison movies, though Radcliffe's haunted performance is exceptionally compelling.

    March 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Annan's film works effectively as a straight-up jailbreak thriller, well-oiled in greasy B-movie tradition. It's when it shoots for more historical import that it falls somewhat short.

    March 6, 2020 | Full Review…

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