Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ric Roman Waugh|
|Produced by||Dan Keston
|Written by||Ric Roman Waugh|
|Music by||Gerhard Daum|
|Editing by||Jonathan Chibnall|
|Distributed by||Stage 6 Films|
Felon is a 2008 American drama film about a family man who ends up in state prison after he kills an intruder. The film was written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh, and stars Stephen Dorff, Val Kilmer and Harold Perrineau. The story is based on events that took place in the 1990s at the notorious California State Prison, Corcoran.
The family man Wade Porter (Stephen Dorff) is living the American Dream with his girlfriend Laura (Marisol Nichols) 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 put on 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 Security Housing Unit in Corcoran State Prison under the command of the corrupt Lieutenant Jackson (Harold Perrineau). His cell-mate John Smith (Val Kilmer) who was serving a life sentence after avenging the death of his family befriends Wade and gives helpful advice and hope to him.
- Stephen Dorff as Wade Porter
- Marisol Nichols as Laura Porter
- Vincent Miller as Michael Porter
- Val Kilmer as John Smith
- Harold Perrineau as Lt. Jackson
- Greg Serano as Officer Diaz
- Nate Parker as Officer Collins
- Nick Chinlund as Sgt. Roberts
- Anne Archer as Maggie
- Sam Shepard as Gordon
- Chris Browning as Danny Sampson
- Jake Walker as Warden Harris
The film received mainly positive to mixed reviews from critics. As of January 10, 2012, Felon holds a score of 7.6 out of ten on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) based upon 34,497 votes. As of January 26, 2009, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 62% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 21 reviews.Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 58 out of 100, based on 10 reviews — indicating good or above average reviews. The film had a limited screening in the US.