Escape from Pretoria

BREAK OUT BEFORE IT BREAKS YOU.

In 1978, Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee (Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber) are sent to a notorious prison in South Africa after manufacturing leaflet bombs against the Apartheid regime; there, they begin to plot their escape. There were indeed white political activists helping the ANC during South Africa’s darkest years and this film chronicles a spectacular prison break that required a lot of guts, planning and ingenuity when it came to creating the all-important wooden keys. The last half-hour is an intense nail-biter; the rest of the movie is more of a mediocre exercise, but engaging enough.

2020-Britain-Australia. 106 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Francis Annan. Book: Tim Jenkin (”Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison”). Cast: Daniel Radcliffe (Tim Jenkin), Daniel Webber (Stephen Lee), Ian Hart (Denis Goldberg), Mark Leonard Winter, Nathan Page, Grant Piro.

Trivia: Sam Neill was originally set to play Goldberg.

 

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