"Escape from Pretoria" is a 2020 Australian thriller film directed by Francis Annan.
The starring cast includes Daniel Radcliffe as Tim Jenkin, Daniel Webber as Stephen Lee, Ian Hart as Denis Goldberg, Mark Leonard Winter as Leonard Fontaine, Nathan Page as Mongo, Grant Piro as Captain Schnepel, Adam Tuominen as Jeremy Cronin, Adam Ovadia as Van Wyk, Tim Jenkin, Lenny Firth as Vermellen and others.
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Momentum Pictures on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 released the trailer for "Escape from Pretoria" you can watch here:
ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA - Official Trailer.
Here is a short review of "Escape from Pretoria" movie plot summary.
In 1979, Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) and Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber) are two white South Africans carrying out anti-apartheid missions in South Africa. They are arrested and prosecuted; Jenkin is sentenced to twelve years and Lee is sentenced to eight. At the courthouse Lee attempts to escape but to no avail. Transported to Pretoria Prison, they meet Denis Goldberg (Ian Hart), an older political prisoner serving four life sentences for previous work against apartheid. He shows them the ropes but discourages them from trying to escape.
Jenkin and Lee discuss escaping with another prisoner, Leonard Fontaine (Mark Leonard Winter). They settle in and go about their daily routines, but Jenkin starts to analyze the prison and think of ways to escape. He steals items from the wood shop to make wooden keys that fit the locks to their cells. He sneaks around the prison at night, making keys for other locks. Lee and Jenkin bury these keys in the prison garden while tending it and make many other preparations for their escape.
Fontaine and Jenkin do a test run by using keys to leave their cells. They hide in a closet as the night guard walks by. They use another key to leave the cell block, but they have to run back to their cells before they can use another key. The guards search everyone's cells the next day but fail to find anything. Later, Jenkin discovers that a new gun tower is being built. He, Fontaine and Lee present their plan to Goldberg and other prisoners who decide against trying to escape with them.
Jenkin, Lee and Fontaine execute their plan using the wooden keys. They gather tools hidden in various areas and change into street clothes. Once again, they hide in the closet to evade the night guard. Goldberg short-circuits the light in his cell, causing the electricity to go out and calls for the guard, distracting him so that the trio can reach the last door. They cannot get any of the keys to work on this door but Fontaine breaks it open using a chisel and screwdriver. They leave the prison and find a taxi to take them out of Pretoria. We learn that they reached London by way of Mozambique and Tanzania, that they continued to fight apartheid and that Goldberg was finally freed in 1985.
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"Escape from Pretoria" movie release date was scheduled to be on March 6, 2020 (United Kingdom) distributing by Signature Entertainment, Batrax Entertainment, GEM Entertainment, Cinépolis Distribución, Dutch FilmWorks (DFW), Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD), Shaw Organisation, Films4You, Front Row Filmed Entertainment, Inopia Films, Koch Films, Mis. Label and Momentum Pictures.
The duration of the film is 106 minutes. The film grossed over $2.4 million.
"Escape from Pretoria" movie is rated "PG-13", according to the MPAA film rating system.
"Escape from Pretoria" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.8/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 72/100.
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