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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Garry Marshall
as Drummer
Joan Hackett
as Aunt Sibyl
Douglas McGrath
as Photographer
Teri Garr
as Arlene
Raul Julia
as Stu Quinones
John P. Ryan
as Vernon
Griffin O'Neal
as Danny Masters
Jackie Coogan
as Magic-Shop Owner
Doug McGrath
as Photographer
Desi Arnaz
as Mayor Quinones
David Clennon
as Newspaper editor
Tom Signorelli
as Mailbox cop
Harry Cohn
as Jailmate
Harry Caesar
as Sax player
Gabriel Dell
as Uncle Burke
Carlin Glynn
as Treasurer's secretary
James Howard
as Cop at Bridal Shop
Huntz Hall
as Turnkey
Margaret Ladd
as Reporter
Hal Williams
as Cop at Mayor's office
Isabelle Cooley
as Secretary at Newspaper Office
Harry Anderson
as Harry Masters
Isabel Cooley
as Secretary at Newspaper Office
George Cantero
as Jail trustee
Sandy Gimpel
as Stunt Double - Sibyl
Helen Page Camp
as Neighbor
George Brengel
as Water commissioner
R. Wayne Kruse
as Reporter
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
Spirituality and Practice

...a unique coming-of-age tale, one that may star a youngster but isn't necessarily a kids-only affair.

Full Review… | October 10, 2009
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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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