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The Escape Artist

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1982
  • Caleb Deschanel
  • 90 mins
  • PG

Summary

The teenage son of an escapologist follows in his father's footsteps, using his skills to outwit a corrupt mayor and his son. Crime comedy, starring Griffin O'Neal and Raul Julia

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Ryan O'Neal's son Griffin holds his own in this mishmash of vaudeville and small town corruption. Bragging that he will escape a prison sentence within an hour cues a flashback for O'Neal about his childhood in theatre. Exploited by his aunt and uncle, who perform "the best escape act since Houdini" he hones his skills and escapes, lifting the wallet of the vindictive son of the local major, Raul Julia. Julia then sends his goons to threaten the boy. This is a mess of a film and far too formulaic - despite cinematographer turned director Caleb Deschanel's visual skill, which he displayed so brilliantly in The Black Stallion and Being There.

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Credits

Cast

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Danny MastersGriffin O'Neal
Stu QuinonesRaul Julia
ArleneTeri Garr
Uncle BurkeGabriel Dell
Mayor QuinonesDesi Arnaz
VernonJohn P Ryan
SandraElizabeth Daily
FritzM Emmet Walsh
Magic shop ownerJackie Coogan

Crew

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DirectorCaleb Deschanel

Details

Theatrical distributor
Polygram Video Ltd
Languages
English
Guidance
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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