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The Escape Artist is a glorious idea gone awry, yet it remains a pleasant 98 minutes in the theater.
...the movie's pervasive lack of drama or tension results in a palpably flat atmosphere that proves disastrous...
The Escape Artist is a riveting film about a son trying to prove himself to his father.
An interesting movie about a young magician, and it has a good cast, but it gets real confusing at times. Good, but it could be better.
"The Escape Artist" starts promisingly enough with teenager Danny Masters(Griffin O'Neal)walking into a newspaper office, claiming that he can break out of a jail in an hour. This makes sense considering that his father was a master escape artist which runs in the family as Danny runs away from his grandmother towards his Aunt Sibyl(Joan Hackett) and Uncle Burke(Gabriel Dell) who have their own stage magic act that is complicated by Sibyl's psychic abilities.
All of which are the ingredients for an offbeat and winning movie but alas that's not the case here as "The Escape Artist" is undermined by pedestrian direction and Danny's convoluted involvement with municipal corruption that he first encounters when he steals a wallet from Stu Quinones(a miscast Raul Julia), the son of the mayor(Desiderio Arnaz). While one could conceivably make a case for Danny and Stu joining forces, it is a tenuous connection at best.
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