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Felon (2008)

R | | Crime, Drama | 17 July 2008 (USA)
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A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.

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Ric Roman Waugh

Writer:

Ric Roman Waugh

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Dorff ... Wade Porter
Marisol Nichols ... Laura Porter
Vincent Miller Vincent Miller ... Michael Porter
Anne Archer ... Maggie
Larnell Stovall ... Viper
Val Kilmer ... John Smith
Sam Shepard ... Gordon
Johnny Lewis ... Snowman
Harold Perrineau ... Lt. Jackson
Shawn Prince ... Todd Jackson
Chris Browning ... Danny Samson
Nick Chinlund ... Sgt. Roberts
Greg Serano ... Officer Diaz
Jake Walker Jake Walker ... Warden Harris
Nate Parker ... Officer Collins
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Storyline

A family man, Wade Porter, is living the American Dream with his girlfriend Laura and their son Michael: they have a nice house, he has just raised a loan to make his company grow and they are going to get married. However their dream becomes a nightmare when Wade unintentionally kills a burglar that had broken into their house in the middle of the night on his lawn. He is sent to trial and accepts a deal proposed by the prosecutor, being sentenced to three years in prison. During the transportation, there is an incident in the bus and Wade is framed and sent to the maximum security wing under the command of the corrupt Lieutenant Jackson. His cell-mate John Smith that was sentenced to life after avenging the death of his family befriends Wade and gives helpful advice and instills hope in Wade that he will return to his family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No Rules. No Hope. No Way Out.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence, pervasive language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Criminal See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

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Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Val Kilmer, a method actor who heavily researched the role, elected not to portray his character in a Utopian or chiseled capacity. Instead, Kilmer wanted to convey a nihilistic approach in which the years of confinement visibly take a toll physically and emotionally on the character. See more »

Goofs

Once Wade is in prison the first time he is able to talk to Laura, her hand holding the phone changes; her finger is on the phone then off, changing from scene to scene. See more »

Quotes

Laura Porter: It's just that anytime I hang on to any bit of hope it gets taken away from me.
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Referenced in Impossible Dreams (2011) See more »

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A very accomplished movie
16 July 2008 | by a_aleksanSee all my reviews

It's really nice to stumble upon good movies when you don't expect it. Nowadays, we are becoming more and more guided by the marketing that goes behind the movies, to realize when we actually go see them that we are often left unsatisfied.

Felon is a movie about a man who is working hard to create a life for himself and his family, he has worked hard to establish his own business and feels as though he is finally ready to start reaping the fruits of his labour. Then, life brings a unexpected twist and he finds himself in prison. From this point on, we see transformations of a man who is forced into a new world where he has no control.

This movie is a great glimpse of the extreme conditions that the American correctional system can create. It also displays very well how people can get corrupted by power. All the actors in this movie shine and portray perfectly their characters. The story is very well told and by the end of the movie, you are left reflecting on how the correctional system has so many flaws and how it drives people to become their worst, both as inmates and as guards. However, the film also shows that even in these circumstances, there are great acts of humanity and compassion.

A very good movie, definitely worth the watch. 8/10.


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