Breakout (1975)

This a Covid-19 2021 minireview!

“What the hell is the difference? It’s just as tough to get an innocent one out as a guilty one. And costs the same.” – Nick Colton

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A pilot is hired by a young woman to fly to Mexico and break her wrongfully imprisoned husband out of jail.

Bottom Line – This is a fun action thriller starring Charles Bronson. The plot plays out really well and the way that it progresses keeps the viewer engaged throughout. The various twists and turns along the way also add to the suspense and that helps make things even more enjoyable to watch unfold. The supporting cast besides Bronson is also lots of fun with Bronson’s wife, Jill Ireland, Robert Duvall and Randy Quaid all doing wonderful jobs here.  The fact that this is somewhat base don true events also manages to add to things in ways one might never expect.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie was inspired by the real 1971 helicopter rescue and breakout of Joel David Kaplan from a Mexican prison which was orchestrated by lawyer Vasilios Basil Choulos. Film Critic Roger Ebert has said of this: “Kaplan was the scion of an American sugar-and-molasses empire with Latin American connections, and in the early 1960s, he was a courier for Fidel Castro. The Mexicans imprisoned him in 1962 on a highly questionable murder charge, and there were rumors that the C.I.A. was somehow involved. He was in prison nine years before his sister hired a California helicopter pilot to carry out a neat little mission spiriting Kaplan out of the prison yard. Ramparts published material about the C.I.A. connection, but Kaplan wouldn’t talk, then or later. The movie’s naturally more concerned with the rescue mission, than with any shadowy political implications. But there are a couple of leftovers from the original story in the sinister persons of a C.I.A. operative and the hero’s rich grandfather. They seem to be in cahoots, although how or why is a little unclear.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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