Escape at Dannemora
Escape at Dannemora is an American television limited series that premiered on Showtime on November 18, 2018. It is based on the 2015 Clinton Correctional Facility escape. The seven-episode series was created and written by Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin and directed by Ben Stiller. It stars Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, Bonnie Hunt, Eric Lange, and David Morse.
|Escape at Dannemora|
|Created by||Brett Johnson|
|Directed by||Ben Stiller|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||7 (list of episodes)|
|Cinematography||Jessica Lee Gagné|
|Running time||51–98 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Michael De Luca Productions|
Red Hour Productions
|Original release||November 18 –|
December 30, 2018
The series is based on the true story of the 2015 Clinton Correctional Facility escape in upstate New York. The escape prompted a massive manhunt for the two convicted murderers, who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled.
- Benicio del Toro as Richard Matt, a convicted murderer
- Patricia Arquette as Joyce "Tilly" Mitchell, a married prison worker who becomes romantically entangled with both Matt and Sweat and aids in their escape
- Paul Dano as David Sweat, a convicted murderer
- Bonnie Hunt as Catherine Leahy Scott, the New York State Inspector General heading up a formal investigation of the Matt/Sweat prison escape
- Eric Lange as Lyle Mitchell, Tilly's husband and maintenance worker at Clinton Correctional
- David Morse as Gene Palmer, the inmate escort guard at Clinton Correctional
- Jeremy Bobb as Dennis Lambert, a corrections officer and friend of Lyle
- Michael Beasley as Murder, an inmate who’s given Sweat’s job as shop supervisor upon his firing.
- Joshua Rivera as Angel, a fellow inmate of Matt and Sweat's.
- Carolyn Mignini as Ilene Mulvaney, Tilly’s supervisor who frequently butts heads with her
- Gregory Dann as Albert Boyd, the fearsome and most loathed correctional officer at Clinton Correctional. Matt and Sweat made their escape on Boyd's shift.
Principal production commenced in Upstate New York in the fall of 2017. For their roles, Patricia Arquette and Eric Lange each gained 40 pounds. Episode 6, the flashback episode, was filmed on 16 mm, unlike the rest of the series. Episode 6 was also the final episode filmed, so Arquette and Lange could lose the excess weight gained over the course of production. Director Ben Stiller decided to shut down production for a month and resume filming the episode once Arquette and Lange lost the weight. However, production was further delayed three weeks to accommodate the birth of Lange's son.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Part 1"||Ben Stiller||Brett Johnson & Michael Tolkin||November 18, 2018||0.397|
|2||"Part 2"||Ben Stiller||Brett Johnson & Michael Tolkin||November 25, 2018||0.487|
|3||"Part 3"||Ben Stiller||Jerry Stahl||December 2, 2018||0.559|
|4||"Part 4"||Ben Stiller||Brett Johnson & Michael Tolkin||December 9, 2018||0.541|
|5||"Part 5"||Ben Stiller||Brett Johnson & Michael Tolkin||December 16, 2018||0.664|
|6||"Part 6"||Ben Stiller||Brett Johnson & Michael Tolkin & Jerry Stahl||December 23, 2018||0.586|
|7||"Part 7"||Ben Stiller||Brett Johnson & Michael Tolkin||December 30, 2018||0.719|
The series was met with acclaim upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 88% with an average rating of 7.16 out of 10, based on 52 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Escape at Dannemora's slow pace demands patience, but those willing to wait will be rewarded with a chilling mystery that provides the perfect showcase for its talented cast -- especially a nearly unrecognizable and unbearably moving performance from Patricia Arquette." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 78 out of 100 based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Response from Joyce MitchellEdit
In a December 2018 interview at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Joyce Mitchell criticized some events portrayed in the miniseries. She claimed, "I never had sex with them", referring to Richard Matt and David Sweat. She also criticized director Ben Stiller, calling him "a son-of-a-bitch liar just like the rest of the world. He doesn't care about the truth. All he cares about is making millions off me. He's an idiot."
Awards and nominationsEdit
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