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The Escape Artist (1982)





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The Escape Artist represents the laudable directorial debut of cinematographer Caleb Deschanel. Griffin O'Neal, the real-life son of Ryan O'Neal, plays Danny Masters, the offspring of a famed magician. Determined to match his dad's accomplishment, Danny runs into nothing but trouble. His biggest mistake is picking the pocket of the son of a corrupt town mayor. When not running from adults, the boy is being exploited by them. A critic's favorite, Escape Artist has slowly built up a cult following over the years, thanks largely to its eclectic supporting cast, including Raul Julia, Desi Arnaz Jr., Joan Hackett, Teri Garr, Jackie Coogan, Huntz Hall and M. Emmet Walsh.

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Griffin O'Neal
as Danny Masters
Raul Julia
as Stu Quinones
Teri Garr
as Arlene
Joan Hackett
as Aunt Sibyl
Desi Arnaz
as Mayor Quinones
Gabriel Dell
as Uncle Burke
Jackie Coogan
as Magic-Shop Owner
Hal Williams
as Cop at Mayor's office
David Clennon
as Newspaper editor
Harry Caesar
as Sax player
Huntz Hall
as Turnkey
Harry Anderson
as Harry Masters
George Brengel
as Water commissioner
Carlin Glynn
as Treasurer's secretary
Isabel Cooley
as Secretary at Newspaper Office
Tom Signorelli
as Mailbox cop
Isabelle Cooley
as Secretary at Newspaper Office
George Cantero
as Jail trustee
Harry Cohn
as Jailmate
James Howard
as Cop at Bridal Shop
Margaret Ladd
as Reporter
Sandy Gimpel
as Stunt Double - Sibyl
Doug McGrath
as Photographer
Susi Sherman
as Woman at Club
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Critic Reviews for The Escape Artist

All Critics (2)

...the movie's pervasive lack of drama or tension results in a palpably flat atmosphere that proves disastrous...

Full Review… | November 2, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

The Escape Artist is a riveting film about a son trying to prove himself to his father.

Full Review… | February 4, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Escape Artist

on amazing great fucking movie and all time classic, a film u watch as a kid and never forgot, great ensemble cast, i tear up when i see this film makes me feel young again. man I miss raul julia, and griffin oneal, one joan hackett greatest films before she passed away a year later.

mike hawke
mike hawke

(***): [img][/img] An odd and confusing film (at times), but I enjoyed watching it anyway. Good cast of characters.


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.

Aj V
Aj V

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