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Viggo Mortensen in Prison
Prison Cast and Crew
Viggo Mortensen: Burke/Forsythe Electrocution
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A prison is haunted by the spirit of a former prisoner who wants revenge for being wrongfully executed. Viggo Mortensen plays "Burke," a car thief incarcerated in the prison.
Prison Brief Review
Viggo Mortensen plays a dual role here: Charles Forsythe, who was executed 30 years ago in this rural Wyoming prison for a crime he did not commit, and Burke, a car thief who is now incarcerated in the same prison.
Features original music from Christopher L. Stone and Richard Band. See more information in the Soundtrack Details from SoundtrackCollector.com.
Prison Articles & Interviews
Prison - The Unknown Movies
The Fire That Fuels an Artist's Heart - Carpe Noctem #15, March 1999
Horrorwatch Review: Prison - The reviewer gives a reluctant thumbs up to the cast, but pans the film primarily because of its weak plot development. "Prison is a jailhouse flop. Although it does go to show you that all most all major stars have a horror flick hid somewhere deep in their acting closets."
Nick Schager Film Project: Prison - Reviewer gives Prison a C- rating, citing its lack of plot development and wimpy evil spirit. Viggo is mentioned as "a convict with a thing for James Dean/Montgomery Clift hairstyles."
Prison (1987) Review - Richard Scheib writes a well-crafted review of Prison, praising its atmosphere and acting while poking quite a few holes in the plot. About Viggo, he says, "Viggo Mortensen plays with an appealing heroic individuality and an incredible handsomeness that leaves one surprised that it took more than another whole decade before he went onto greater stardom with The Lord of the Rings."
Prison Trailer - Video clip of the Prison trailer.
Review: "Prison" - Reviewer (and Viggo fan) Colleen Wallace looks for the depth in Prison and finds it a "fascinating story of inhumanity, reincarnation and karmic justice." About Viggo, she says, "Viggo Mortensen...will go down in film history for playing the most decent convicted felon the screen has ever known and even looks great with a seeping head wound."
Prison Video Clips
Whatever you might think about the plot or special effects in Prison, any Viggo Mortensen fan can see that the cameraman and director had a great appreciation for Viggo's looks and talent.
pris-01: Condemned hands «27-Apr-05» - In a flashback scene at the beginning of the film, the prisoner (Viggo Mortensen) curls his hands after being cuffed.
Quicktime video 320x240 (00'12, 976KB)
pris-03: Picking up the poster «27-Apr-05» - Dressed only in his tighty whities, Burke (Viggo Mortensen) surreptitiously picks up a poster that was confiscated from another prisoner.
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pris-04: Meeting Lasagna «27-Apr-05» - Burke (Viggo Mortensen) gives the retrieved poster to Joe "Lasagna" Lazano (Ivan Kane) and they introduce themselves. Lasagna is clearly impressed with car thief Burke: "I hear you can take anything on four wheels, man, and fly it away to heaven." Burke replies quietly, "Well don't believe everything you hear."
Quicktime video 320x240 (00'23, 1.6MB)
pris-06: Old locks «27-Apr-05» - When Burke hints that he might try to break out of prison, Lasagna says, "I thought bustin' cars was your thing." Burke (Viggo Mortensen) replies, "Well a car ain't nothing but a series of locks. Older the lock, easier it is. And this place...is old."
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pris-08: First aid «27-Apr-05» - A bloodied Burke (Viggo Mortensen) gets his wound treated by Katherine (Chelsea Field). After she questions the wisdom of the work the warden had them doing, Burke replies, "Maybe he's got special plans for us."
Quicktime video 320x240 (00'23, 1.7MB)
pris-10: Shower «27-Apr-05» - The warden looks on, baiting Burke (Viggo Mortensen) as he takes a shower. Burke ignores the harassment, asking only for his towel.
Quicktime video 320x240 (00'54, 3.6MB)
pris-12: Football «27-Apr-05» - When the prison yard bully (Tom 'Tiny' Lister, Jr.) takes Burke's football and tries to threaten him, Burke (Viggo Mortensen) grabs the fellow by the nuts and quietly tells him, "Let me tell you something. I was making it a real point to mind my own business. Maybe you oughta try that for a while. Start right now. You give me back my ball, I'll give you yours."
Quicktime video 320x240 (00'54, 3.9MB)
pris-14: Cresus falls «27-Apr-05» - The prisoners have been kept standing in the yard overnight, stripped to their undies. Burke's cellmate, Cresus (Lincoln Kilpatrick) falls to the ground. Burke (Viggo Mortensen) catches Cresus and stands up to the guard who is threatening to break Cresus' glasses.
Quicktime video 320x240 (00'43, 3.6MB)
pris-16: Escape «27-Apr-05» - This is for the hand and foot fetishists (you know who you are). The escape of Burke (Viggo Mortensen) from his prison cell is captured in three brief vignettes of hands and feet.
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