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Escape at Dannemora (Showtime 2018, Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette)

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Escape at Dannemora is based on the stranger-than-fiction prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015 which spawned a statewide manhunt for two convicted murderers, aided in their escape by a married female prison employee who carried on months-long affairs with both men.

Benicio Del Toro plays convicted murderer Richard Matt, an artistic yet intimidating force within the prison, who masterminds the escape. Patricia Arquette plays Tilly Mitchell, a working class wife and mother who supervises the prison tailor shop and becomes sexually involved with both men, ultimately agreeing to hide hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to help them get out.

Paul Dano plays David Sweat, a convicted cop-killer who may have genuine feelings for Tilly and becomes a reluctant partner in Richard Matt’s plot.

production details
USA | Showtime – Michael De Luca Productions – Red Hour Productions | 8×50 minutes | Broadcast from Sunday 18 November 2018 at 10.00pm

Ben Stiller as Executive Producer and Director of Pilot
Brett Johnson as Creator and Executive Producer
Bryan Zuriff as Executive Producer
Michael De Luca as Executive Producer
Michael Tolkin as Creator and Executive Producer
Nicky Weinstock as Executive Producer

cast
Benicio del Toro as Richard Matt
Patricia Arquette as Tilly Mitchell
Paul Dano as David Sweat
Bonnie Hunt as Catherine Leahy Scott
David Morse as Gene Palmer
Eric Lange as Lyle Mitchell
Jeremy Bobb as Dennis Lambert
Michael Beasley as Murder
Michael Imperioli as Andrew M. Cuomo

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