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A 22 Feb 1989 Var news item reported that principal photography had begun and that the film was changing its working title from Escape to Maverick . According to a 4 Aug 1989 LAHExam article, the company spent five weeks filming at Rahway State Prison, also known as East Jersey State Prison, in Woodbridge, NJ. Further filming was done at Northern State Prison in Newark, NJ. Several prisoners were used as extras, and correction officers were cast as background players. During filming of the prisoner’s football game, actors Sylvester Stallone and Sony Landham were both injured. An 11 Mar 1989 LAHExam news item stated that Stallone was brought to an orthopedic hospital for a knee injury and diagnosed with a stiff knee, while a 26 Jun 1989 DV reported that Landham needed surgery to repair shoulder ligaments and torn tendons. On 21 Apr 1989, HR indicated that cast and crew had completed shooting in NJ. At that time, the film's title had also been changed to Hard Time. An 8 Oct 1989 LAT news brief noted that some filming also took place in Los Angeles, CA, with the gym in the Park Plaza Hotel being transformed into "jail cells."
       As stated in a 12 Jun 1989 LAT news item, the film was edited in just twelve days.
       A 2 Jul 1989 LAHExam reported that preview trailers for Lock Up were stolen from a courier’s car in New York City, resulting in those trailers not being screened for the July 4th weekend. Two months ... More Less

A 22 Feb 1989 Var news item reported that principal photography had begun and that the film was changing its working title from Escape to Maverick . According to a 4 Aug 1989 LAHExam article, the company spent five weeks filming at Rahway State Prison, also known as East Jersey State Prison, in Woodbridge, NJ. Further filming was done at Northern State Prison in Newark, NJ. Several prisoners were used as extras, and correction officers were cast as background players. During filming of the prisoner’s football game, actors Sylvester Stallone and Sony Landham were both injured. An 11 Mar 1989 LAHExam news item stated that Stallone was brought to an orthopedic hospital for a knee injury and diagnosed with a stiff knee, while a 26 Jun 1989 DV reported that Landham needed surgery to repair shoulder ligaments and torn tendons. On 21 Apr 1989, HR indicated that cast and crew had completed shooting in NJ. At that time, the film's title had also been changed to Hard Time. An 8 Oct 1989 LAT news brief noted that some filming also took place in Los Angeles, CA, with the gym in the Park Plaza Hotel being transformed into "jail cells."
       As stated in a 12 Jun 1989 LAT news item, the film was edited in just twelve days.
       A 2 Jul 1989 LAHExam reported that preview trailers for Lock Up were stolen from a courier’s car in New York City, resulting in those trailers not being screened for the July 4th weekend. Two months later, the $24 million film opened 4 Aug 1989 and only grossed only $6 million its first weekend, according to the 16 Aug 1989 LAT. The next weekend saw a 45% drop at the box office.
       The following statements appear in end credits: “Special thanks to: The New Jersey Department of Corrections and to the staff & inmates of East Jersey Prison and Northern State Prison,” and “We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Joe Friedman, and his staff of the New Jersey Motion Picture & TV Commission.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
26 Jun 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
21 Apr 1989.
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LAHExam
11 Mar 1989.
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LAHExam
2 Jul 1989.
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LAHExam
4 Aug 1989.
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Los Angeles Times
12 Jun 1989.
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Los Angeles Times
4 Aug 1989
p. 14.
Los Angeles Times
16 Aug 1989
pg 1 , 9.
Los Angeles Times
8 Oct 1989.
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New York Times
4 Aug 1989
p. 10.
Variety
22 Feb 1989.
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Variety
9 Aug 1989
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A White Eagle/Carolco Pictures presentation
A Gordon Company Production
A John Flynn Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
2d 2d asst dir (L.A.)
2d 2d asst dir (N.Y.)
2d 2d asst dir (N.Y.)
D.G.A. trainee (L.A.)
D.G.A. trainee (N.Y.)
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Co-prod
Co-prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam op
1st asst cam (L.A.)
1st asst cam (L.A.)
1st asst cam (N.Y.)
2d asst cam (L.A.)
2d asst cam (N.Y.)
2d asst cam (N.Y.)
Still photog (L.A.)
Still photog (N.Y.)
Still photog (N.Y.)
Video op
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Rigging grip
Grip (N.Y.)
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Rigging gaffer
Elec (N.Y.)
Closed circuit video services provided by
Closed circuit video services provided by, Inter V
Closed circuit video services provided by, Inter V
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir (L.A.)
Art dir (N.Y.)
Asst art dir (L.A.)
Asst art dir (N.Y.)
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Supv asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec (L.A.)
Set dec (N.Y.)
Prop master (L.A.)
Prop master (N.Y.)
Asst prop (L.A.)
Asst prop (L.A.)
Const coord
Const foreman (L.A.)
Const foreman (L.A.)
Labor foreman (L.A.)
Const foreman (N.Y.)
Const grip (N.Y.)
Const elec (N.Y.)
Set artist (L.A.)
Standby painter (L.A.)
Standby painter (N.Y.)
Scenic artist (N.Y.)
Leadman (L.A.)
Leadman (N.Y.)
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Costumer (L.A.)
Costumer (L.A.)
Costumer (N.Y.)
MUSIC
Orch
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Cableman (L.A.)
Cableman (N.Y.)
Supv sd ed
Supv ADR ed
ADR ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec eng
Re-rec at
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff (L.A.)
Spec eff (N.Y.)
Spec eff (N.Y.)
Spec eff (N.Y.)
Visual eff
Visual eff, Introvision
Visual eff, Introvision
Visual eff, Introvision
Visual eff, Introvision
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup artist for Mr. Sutherland
Makeup artist (L.A.)
Makeup artist (N.Y.)
Hairdresser
Hairdresser (N.Y.)
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Loc auditor
Asst loc auditor
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Asst to Mr. Stallone
Asst to Lawrence Gordon
Asst to Charles Gordon
Asst to Mr. Glick
Prod assoc (L.A.)
Prod coord (N.Y.)
Prison advisor
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Asst casting (L.A.)
Asst casting (N.Y.)
Asst casting (N. Y.)
Transportation coord
Transportation capt (L.A.)
Transportation capt (N.Y.)
Spec transportation
Craft service
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
SONGS
"Vehicle," written by Jim Peterik, performed by The Ides of March, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
"Ever Since The World Began," written by Frank Sullivan III and Jim Peterik, published by WB Music Corp./Easy Action Music/Holey Moley Music/Rude Music, Inc., performed by Jimi Jamison, courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records, Inc./CBS Records Inc., Music Licensing Department.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Escape
Hard Time
Maverick
Release Date:
4 August 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 4 August 1989
Production Date:
early 1989
Copyright Claimant:
White Eagle Enterprises, Inc.
Copyright Date:
31 May 1990
Copyright Number:
PA464057
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses/Prints
Filmed with Panavision® cameras & lenses
Duration(in mins):
100
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29891
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Inmate Frank Leone returns to a minimum-security prison after spending a weekend furlough with his girl friend, Melissa, and is beaten by guards and transported to Gateway Prison, a maximum-security facility. He is met by the unscrupulous Warden Drumgoole and Captain Meissner. Drumgoole threatens to make Frank’s remaining six months in prison a living hell. Two officers, Manly and Wiley, take Frank take away and torture him. Later, in the exercise yard, Frank is confronted by “Chink,” a prison gang leader, who demands a religious medal Frank is wearing. Frank refuses, and Chink reveals a weapon, before passing it to another man and walking away. Officer Braden asks Frank about the altercation, but Frank dismisses the inquiry. Later, another prisoner, Dallas, urges Frank to escape, but Frank insists he is going to finish his time and walk out a free man. Dallas takes Frank to meet “Eclipse,” a prisoner who runs the motor pool. Knowing of Frank’s adversarial relationship with Drumgoole, Eclipse refuses to add Frank to the crew. Later, Dallas shows Frank blueprints of the prison. He explains there are tunnels running under the cells that lead to a shaft to the roof. From there, a man could shinny across a steam pipe to the wall. Frank points out that anyone trying this would be scalded to death. After Dallas puts the blueprints back their hiding place, Frank notices a locked shaft running into the tunnels. At lunch, Frank meets “First Base,” a young man serving time for murder. Later, they watch prisoners play football. Chink asks Frank to join the game, but ... +


Inmate Frank Leone returns to a minimum-security prison after spending a weekend furlough with his girl friend, Melissa, and is beaten by guards and transported to Gateway Prison, a maximum-security facility. He is met by the unscrupulous Warden Drumgoole and Captain Meissner. Drumgoole threatens to make Frank’s remaining six months in prison a living hell. Two officers, Manly and Wiley, take Frank take away and torture him. Later, in the exercise yard, Frank is confronted by “Chink,” a prison gang leader, who demands a religious medal Frank is wearing. Frank refuses, and Chink reveals a weapon, before passing it to another man and walking away. Officer Braden asks Frank about the altercation, but Frank dismisses the inquiry. Later, another prisoner, Dallas, urges Frank to escape, but Frank insists he is going to finish his time and walk out a free man. Dallas takes Frank to meet “Eclipse,” a prisoner who runs the motor pool. Knowing of Frank’s adversarial relationship with Drumgoole, Eclipse refuses to add Frank to the crew. Later, Dallas shows Frank blueprints of the prison. He explains there are tunnels running under the cells that lead to a shaft to the roof. From there, a man could shinny across a steam pipe to the wall. Frank points out that anyone trying this would be scalded to death. After Dallas puts the blueprints back their hiding place, Frank notices a locked shaft running into the tunnels. At lunch, Frank meets “First Base,” a young man serving time for murder. Later, they watch prisoners play football. Chink asks Frank to join the game, but he declines. Chink threatens First Base, and Frank reluctantly takes to the field. After a few plays, a fight breaks out, and Captain Meissner calls the game off, forcing the prisoners back into their cells. Meissner watches Frank limp off the field. In the morning, Eclipse asks Frank to work in the motor pool. He shows Frank an old Ford Mustang automobile and suggests they restore it. With Dallas and First Base’s help, they return the automobile to pristine condition. First Base confesses he never learned to drive, and begs Frank to let him start the car. Frank gives in, and First Base drives though the garage doors and into the exercise yard. The guards begin shooting, until Meissner orders them to stop. Drumgoole blames Frank for the incident and sentences him to six weeks in solitary confinement. The warden deprives him of sleep, cuts his rations in half, and orders Manly and Wiley to beat him. Officer Braden is upset by Frank’s abuse. Eventually, Frank’s time in solitary comes to an end. Braden escorts him to his cell and tells him to check his bed. There, Frank finds letters from Melissa. He returns to work at the motor pool and discovers that Chink sabotaged the Mustang engine. First Base wants to retaliate, but Frank declares he must play by the rules until he is released. A day later, Manly and Wiley order First Base to clean up the gym. The guards leave, and Chink and his gang attack First Base, beating him. Later, Frank retaliates against Chink and his gang. However, another prisoner loyal to Chink stabs Frank in the back. As Frank convalesces in the infirmary, he meets an inmate who claims he is being released the next day and has been paid to rape Melissa. Frank tells Dallas he is going to escape, but needs help. That night, under the pretense of collecting laundry, Dallas enters the infirmary and is “attacked” by Frank. When the guard attempts to intercede, Frank knocks him unconscious. Dallas leads Frank to the tunnels. There, Drumgoole, Manly, and Wiley await. Dallas apologizes, explaining that Drumgoole offered to reduce his sentence if he betrayed Frank. However, Drumgoole reneges on his deal and orders Dallas beaten. Drumgoole gloats that Frank will be sentenced to another ten years for his escape attempt. Another guard enters, and Frank sees it is the “prisoner” who threatened to rape his girl friend. A fight ensues, and Dallas and Manly are killed. Frank runs down the tunnel and climbs an airshaft to the roof. Meissner confronts Drumgoole and demands to know why he was not informed about Frank’s escape attempt. Drumgoole dismisses the man. Meissner orders guards to the roof, but they fail to prevent Frank from leaping into a smoke stack. Drumgoole returns to his office to find Frank waiting with a knife. He drags Drumgoole to the execution chamber and straps him into the electric chair. Braden, Meissner, and several other guards burst in, and Drumgoole confesses to setting up Frank. Meissner arrests Drumgoole, and days later, Frank is freed. He walks out the prison gates and into Melissa’s arms. +

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