Escape at Dannemora

Part 1

Series 1 - Episode 1 Part 1



This drama about a real-life 2015 prison break has Patricia Arquette, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Dano in front of the camera and Ben Stiller behind it. As that line-up suggests, it’s a polished piece of TV, though it unfolds in wintry, low-key scenes like the slowest indie film you’ve ever seen. That doesn’t matter with the cast involved, who are mesmerising.

Arquette plays Tilly, the grumpy supervisor of a sewing workshop in a New York State prison, where she has a special bond with one of the inmates, Sweat (Dano). Del Toro plays the sleepily lethal Matt, who controls everything on the block. The picture of shabby prison life is convincing and there’s enough intrigue in the opener to keep us interested.


Drama series based on a prison break in New York in 2015, when two convicts escaped prison with the help of a married female prison officer. In the first episode, Joyce 'Tilly' Mitchell, a married prison worker, is questioned in connection with the escape of two convicted killers. Starring Benicio Del Toro, Paul Dano and Patricia Arquette.

Cast & Crew

Director Ben Stiller