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Breakout (1998)

PG | | Drama, Family | Video 27 October 1998
Zack Hadley is on the verge of introducing a new alternative energy to the world: a unique environmentally friendly super battery capable of powering a car. But the oil cartels are not ... See full summary »


John Bradshaw


Naomi Janzen


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Credited cast:
J. Evan Bonifant ... Joe Hadley
Holly Gagnier ... Lynn Hadley
Robert Carradine ... Zack Hadley
James Hong ... Mr. Wang
Breanne Grant Breanne Grant ... Maggie
Jerome Silvano Jerome Silvano ... Derrek
Chris Chinchilla Chris Chinchilla ... Stewart
Ralph George Ralph George ... Faisul
Mike Peng Mike Peng ... Luis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Achtymichuk Michael Achtymichuk ... Trick-or-Treater
Richard Anderson ... American Businessman
Paul Arno Paul Arno ... Det. Kovacs
Michaela Arroyaye Michaela Arroyaye ... Princess
Dan Berardi Dan Berardi ... Bully
Bob Denison Bob Denison ... Sergeant


Zack Hadley is on the verge of introducing a new alternative energy to the world: a unique environmentally friendly super battery capable of powering a car. But the oil cartels are not pleased with Zack's new invention. They send in their goons to kidnap Joe, Zack's son. The kidnappers get more than they bargained for in Joe, who is a technical whiz kid and the leader in a trio of environmentally friendly ninja kids. Now its up to these young eco-warriors to figure out who is behind all of this. The three sleuths uncover a plot to remove Zack and his family permanently! Worst of all they discover that Larry, Zack's partner, is the master criminal. With time running out, the kids rush to save Joe's parents. Pulling no punches, Maggie and Derek trash the goons while Joe outsmarts Larry in a whirlwind climax, saving his parents and the day. Written by Cinemavualt.com

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Rated PG for violence and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »






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27 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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Breakout: Batteries Included See more »

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Tragic, poignant exploration of modern technocracy
4 March 2000 | by potverdavidSee all my reviews

Director John Bradshaw's acclaimed masterpiece, Breakout, reveals to us once again why he continues to remain among the giants of his genre. This poignant story of a father lost within the maelstrom of global technocracy explores the mythos of the family and its precarious contemporary existence. Bradshaw chooses his metaphors carefully in the film: the super-charged toy jeep reminds us of the churning pace of a society driven more by outmoded notions of progress and tired meta narratives than by simple human compassion. I am reminded of De Sica's The Bicycle Thief. Also note the presence of the marginalised Luis, whose visceral refrain "ay, caramba" hearkens back to Estragon's anguished cries in Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Pick up a copy of this gem if you can-it's not for the faint of heart, but it will provide a challenging cerebral excursion for those willing to take the journey.

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