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Their escape plan utilized their knowledge that they were housed next to the Gila River, so they had managed to construct some sort of raft to aid their escape on the water. They disbanded for the most part once they were out of the city proper, with some of the escapees being caught within a few days. Bur more than one dehydrated, sunburned German did knock on the doors of residents during the next weeks begging to be returned to their more hospitable prison cell.

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I thought that this tale sounded like a urban myth when I heard from long time residents. Xanthius, one of the more interesting lists of late. I am particularly pleased with the idea that you included both criminal escapes, and POW escapes. Re: the escapes from Alcatraz. I can say from experience that the current between Alcatraz and S. It gives one one pause to remember that not everyone in a prison is there because they committed a crime. Those men have been accused of no crime, yet we have been led to believe that they are all dangerous and evil.

I could go on, and make this a post about something other than what it is about, the fine list by Xanthius. My congratulations on a job well done. It was pretty cool, and they did make it to shore as I recall. Great List, one not so great escape but one i still fin funny is a german pow escaped from canada during early ww2, stole a boat and went across the st Lawrence, He was arrested by the Americans for stealing the boat and held a press conference from the jail cell.

He was let go and spent most of the war in New York going to parties but escaped back to Germany before he was rearrested.

There is a very interesting book by one of the Colditz guards. That takes some balls and gumption. Great list, I enjoyed reading all of it. The planning out of some of these escapes is really smart and intricate, and I love when stuff like that happens in real life.

Being a raving fan of the Prison Break show certainly helps with liking this one! The Texas 7 almost instantly reminded me of the Fox River 8! I think Jack Sheppard should be an honorable mention. He became famous during the 18th century for escaping prison FOUR different times, all by himself! The stories of his escapes are really cool and would make an awesome movie.

Kreachure: it made me want to watch the Great Escape as well! I might have to get a copy. If you like escape movies — another excellent one is Midnight Express. Very interesting list to read — thank you. The Wetzler story at 7 is fascinating. Bleak beyond words. How anyone survived there, let alone escaped, is hard to imagine. I remember the mass escape from the Maze Why is half of 9 written in that past-in-the-future tense? The bloke died 17 years ago!

Also, more generally, when did someone who escapes start being called an escapee? Logically he or she should be an escaper; the escapee should be the person or maybe place escaped from. Jack sheppard in the 18th Century led an amazing life getting himself out of prisons. Even once dressed as a woman and fooled the the guards who let him walk straight out. This was a fun list. Im always too afraid.

Like a deer in headlights. Fear immobilizes me. One of my greatest faults. Splinx segue: Mythbusters recreated this escape… What you do is visualize a situation which scares you into immobilization. Use a situation which is possible to occur in your life. Then imagine how you would get out of that situation. Fear is nothing more than a tiny, annoying gnat, easily swatted aside.

Great job on the list Xanthius. I actually was familiar with many of these because I was thinking about doing a list similar to this one. Pretty cool concerning 1. It would have been interesting to see if they could have pulled it off. Two escapes in Australia caught public attention for while. The other was a sex offender who chipped away at the brick-work next to the last bar, and lost 35 pounds by not eating prison food, then squeezed out through the gap.

I know very little about the Cowra breakout. There was an Australian mini-series about it? Re 4: One of my uncles was named Frank Morris. BTW, I heard that they are making a movie, would you happen to know anything about this? Because most of his story is, to put it politely, not his.


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Easy enough to check the supposed facts by googling Henri Charriere. Drogo, unless, that is, your circumstances have been thrust upon you by genetic mischance as were mine , or an accident which left you without choices. Vera: Ah, right you are, and I knew that also. Also, good luck find out who Gob pronounced like job with a long o is.

I immediately thought of Alcatraz and The Great Escape. Nice list. Beware of the Anti Violence group! Pingback: Los 10 escapes de prision mas impresionantes. I find it rather interesting that Dr. Vrba is only mentioned as a sidekick to Alfred Wetzler. I would suggest updating the entry putting both at the head of the article. I knew Dr. Vrba in medical school and I believe either Wetzler or Vrba would not have managed the escape alone. Its three-year journey……. Pingback: Link-uri interesante - Pingback: Interesting Read 02 : Interesting Things.

Australian corrective services consider him so much of a risk that 2 states that he is wanted in refuse to transfer him to serve his time there. U should update the list. In my opinion the maze prizon escape should be up the list a bit as it was much better planned than some of the others.

The escape was 8 years in the planning and involved Fenian brothers buying, then sailing a ship half way around the world, from New Bedford Massachusetts to Bunbury West Australia to rendezvous and pick up six escapees, then, return triumphantly to New York. In saying all that, your list is excellent and makes for interesting reading.

I have always enjoyed the Colditz story and was especially fond of the film starring John Mills. It is one of my all-time favourite films. Returned to one to help three others escape from the same prison he had escaped from. There are some far more amazing escapes that dont get a mention here.

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Pingback: 5?????????????????????????????????????????! Pingback: Najneuverite? All Categories. Jamie Frater Jamie is the owner and chief-editor of Listverse. More Great Lists. Nice list, Xanthius. Xanthius: Excellent list — wonderful stories. Thank You! Fantastic list!

Now I have the urge to watch the Shawshank Redemption for the 72nd time. The Great Escape should be number 1! Good list though, Xanthius. Very eye-opening and informative. Thank you Gabriel. You posted while I was composing my post. Dental floss with tooth paste applied, can be used to cut through prison bars. Excellent list, Xanthius! Very cool and very interesting. Actually, dear Hollywood: please make a movie out of each of these escapes. Ray Bees. Vera Lynn. I agree with Spocker here… No Papillon!?

What about the John Dillenger escape plan?! Why Not Papillon? On the subject of Pascal Payet you might want to proof check the following After his first escape in he was captured and given seven more years for his role in the escape. Typo or is there something missing? Cheers Lee.

Everybody wang-google tonight… everybody google-chung! BTW, Splinx 30 …lol, great minds! Your list is very well populated. Great list. Good research, but belive you missed the greatest one: Clemens Forell. J Dogg. Great list, but what about Ted Bundy? Phone Therapy. Why no Mecklenburg — 7 death row inmates escaped. Pete Oldham. Throw in a sniveling Guy Pearce in the Mondego role lead baddie and the stage is set for an epic swashbuckling tale of revenge. What makes it all work remarkably well is the jailbreak sequence that punctuates a long and frustrating time spent at the Chateau d'If prison for Dantes, as he makes the switch from buffoon to badass.

We like this guy, but know he's too hapless in the beginning and he will need a little breaking in before he can take up the challenge that fate has in store. Unfortunately, he has to hit rock bottom before anything gets better. Thankfully, Richard Harris' Abbe Faria is there to guide him — not only in his escape from the prison walls, but also in the ensuing spiritual journey. Snowpiercer is a rarity on this list because of its fantasy world setting, as the remnants of mankind are forced aboard a train that goes round and round the world out of apparent necessity.

It's too cold for anyone to exist outside of the steel-and-wheels, so survivors are cordoned off into a class system that finds our impoverished heroes thrust to the back and treated less-than-human. The "escape scene" lasts for pretty much the entire film, as our protagonists take on hordes of soldiers in their bid for the main engine. The feeling of imprisonment escalates thanks to the fact that Bong keeps nearly all of the action onboard the train and, in so doing, does a capable job of making the viewer feel trapped.

Like Snowpiercer , Runaway Train utilizes its titular transportation and the snowy elements for a thrill ride of epic proportions. This one is set in the contemporary world and doesn't include some of the more off-the-wall futuristic concepts of our previous entry, but it is, nevertheless, a terrific companion piece and a natural choice to accompany Snowpiercer if you're ever in the mood for a blustery double feature following the prison escape theme.

Jon Voight is one of two escaped convicts in the film, the other being a stellar pre-direct-to-video Eric Roberts. They're stuck aboard a train with a female railway employee Rebecca DeMornay when the lead engineer dies, leaving the three of them alone to figure things out. Meanwhile, they are pursued by a ruthless security head, and they're running out of track. Insert amazing finish, and you've got one of the best movies of the s. Frank Perry Brian Cox isn't going anywhere if the prison system has something to do with it.

He's 14 years into a life sentence without the possibility of parole, so there is little to lose when he decides to break free and reconnect with his estranged and sickly daughter. He seeks the assistance of four other men — "escapists," a ragtag bunch equally fed up with the hell they're living in day-to-day — and makes a break for it.

Much of the movie is an escape sequence taking place in the sewers, tunnels and underground rivers of London. But what makes the film work so well is how it plays with time, switching back and forth from the high-tension escape to the past events building up to it. Part Steinbeck but, like most of the filmmakers' catalog, strikingly original with pitch-perfect casting and dialogue, O Brother, Where Art Thou? The plot centers on a hapless trio's escape from a Mississippi chain gang. Along the way they inadvertently become country music sensations and run into one wacky obstacle after another.

The escape elements dominate much of the film with the Coens expertly weaving in s updates of classic Greek characters through a contemporary lens. It's all wonderfully nostalgic to the older crowd and indubitably hilarious to those unaccustomed to some of the lightning-quick lines and whimsical speech patterns. The music is also nice toe-tapping fun, even if you're not that big of a fan of country music.

The Great Escape brought a number of the finest talents in entertainment together in director John Sturges The Magnificent Seven and novelist-screenwriter James Clavell, of Shogun fame. It's a film with the kind of talent on both sides of the camera that seems nearly impossible to assemble, and the rewards are obvious. What we love about The Great Escape is how it captures the spirit of the Greatest Generation while ironically offering ultimate escapism in a film where the heroes are confined for much of it.

Everything about this movie works, and even though it clocks in at a hefty minutes, the pacing and star-power keep you from getting bored while giving the large cast plenty of chances to shine. The film was made 17 years after the attempt by Frank Morris and the Anglin Brothers that was depicted in the book by J. Campbell Bruce. It's their final collaboration, and one of their best. Much of the buildup isn't so historically accurate, but the escape is like watching the real thing unfold, papier mache heads and all.

Part of that authenticity comes with how Siegel opts for the ambiguous ending, with a slight lean towards escape. Ultimately, you're left to draw your own conclusions, which only adds to the film's mystique and makes you want to learn more about the real thing. Our inner rebels kind of make us hope they made it — after all, armed robbery was really their only crimes.

Who’s it for?

Seemed like nice guys. With a Papillon remake on the way — with Charlie Hunnam attached to star — now is the time to revisit this classic film starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman as two prisoners who befriend one another inside a cruel French prison. The title of the film, fittingly enough, means "butterfly" and refers to memoirist Henri Charriere's tattoo and nickname.

The film is based on his autobiography. The prison is an island far removed from society, so escape is unlikely, but that's not enough to stop these two, nor break their spirits, as they endure years of punishment and cruelty while simultaneously strengthening their bond of friendship. The emotional elements that go into it make for a thrillingly tense finale.

Director Franklin J. It's a great film, and it'll be interesting to see what Hollywood does with it. The always underrated William Sadler, Gil Bellows, and James Whitmore each do their part to keep the tension unbearable. Villains come on both sides of the bars, and it's hard to tell which ones are worse. The film does a great job of rope-a-doping you into assuming the worst, but it only sometimes delivers on those dire expectations. All we can say is that the payoff is well-earned for both our surviving characters and the viewer. This film never gets old, and, if it's not considered one already, it'll will go down as one of the best films ever made.

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