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Escapes

Escapes is a movie starring Hampton Fancher. A documentary chronicling the life of actor and Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher.

Running Time
1 hours 29 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Michael Almereyda
Writer
Michael Almereyda
Actors
Hampton Fancher
Country
USA
Year
2017
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Director Michael Almereyda showcases the storytelling talents of Hampton Fancher - flamenco dancer, film and TV actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic Blade Runner, as well as screenwriter on the upcoming sequel. Fancher's running commentary - with a little help from Philip K. Dick - works in concert with extensive archival footage as Fancher relates death-defying escapades from a remarkable life. Romantic misadventures, two brief marriages, and wayward acts of jealousy, chivalry, and friendship are mirrored in a parallel universe where Fancher plays cowboys, killers, fops, cads, and the occasional hero.

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Roy Henry

This documentary is incredible, made up of interviews with subjects of recent childhood tragedies and the emotional toll these events have had on them. While the subject matter is heavy, the directors never resort to sensationalism, instead focusing on the story of a man who was beaten to death by his parents. The director, Simon Pascoe, shows the impact of this incident in the lives of the child, the father, and his family. He uses clips from the child's memories, video from the time when the father was still alive, and interviews with the family and friends. He gives the impression that the child was exposed to an event that was horrifying, yet very common, which raises the question: how could a child have survived such a traumatic event? I agree with the synopsis of the documentary on this site, but it is difficult to understand the intentions behind the documentary, since it was made as an HBO film. The director, Simon Pascoe, doesn't let the subject matter slide. He does not provide any kind of closure, or try to make it look like a film about the tragedy that struck the family. Instead he uses the story of the child to show us the story of the father and his family. Pascoe presents the interviewees in a very clinical, objective manner, giving no special effects or voices to the people in the videos. The interviews are by far the best parts of the film, showing how a person can emerge from such a traumatic event. If you have children in your family, this film will bring you a lot of relief.

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Andrew Castro

This film is a study of four individuals, exploring what makes them tick, why they are who they are, what makes them happy. They are just the way they are, and that is where their happiness comes from. Each has an "identity crisis", with the final one facing his inability to admit that he has been a man all his life, and in the process, becomes a more human person. This is what I found most interesting in this film, and one that will resonate with a lot of people. This is a real life story, and does not seek to sensationalize the events. Rather, the film examines the reactions, feelings, and ideas each person has, and how they are impacted by the events of the day. It is well worth watching, and perhaps a good introduction to how certain people are, and what makes them tick. The focus is on two couples, one of which had a deep, dark secret that is the focus of the film. They are both relatable people, but one is rather reserved, and the other is rather happy, and very adept at playing to the public's image. The beauty of this film is that you can take it for what it is, and not attempt to spin it to be anything more than it is. This is a film that is worth watching. In the end, it all comes down to how much happiness is there, and how it is handled. Each of the characters are defined by their own personalities, but these differences are there for the viewer to understand, and enjoy the characters.

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Nicholas H.

Anyone with a love of history, an interest in the people, a desire to learn more about this controversial topic is strongly recommended to watch this film. This film is a must-see for those who seek more in-depth documentaries.

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Tyler A.

The death of Rachel Carson has been the topic of discussion for some time now. It's fair to say that we are all in agreement that this was a very, very important era in our country's history. And that is what this documentary addresses - how it changed our thinking. Not only that, but it also outlines the rise and fall of the man who was no less important for it. Carson's story is the subject of this documentary. Born in the Midwest to a man who would become a war hero, he then went off to college and is only remembered for his work with the EPA and other environmental efforts. But that is only a small part of Carson's story. As he ages, Carson's book, "Silent Spring" and his struggle for the environmental movement become more and more significant. It's not just a way of making money, as we would say, it's a way of making a difference, as well. This documentary shows how Carson's environmental beliefs changed our thinking and our lives. But more importantly, it shows us how the things we are most afraid of, we begin to really appreciate. In Carson's time, we thought chemicals were dangerous, that they polluted the water and we even knew that they were involved in the health of the planet. The video is divided into four parts. In the first part, Carson gives us a history of how his book came to be. We see how it was a reaction to seeing an insect dying, a scorpion eating someone's leg and the swarms of locusts. The book was seen as the kind of book that was going to be needed to change our thinking. But Carson eventually developed his own beliefs, and he introduced the idea of a poison. The end of this part is when he explains to us the history of where he came from. We also see the effects of a chemical they used in their original experiments. Carson was convinced that it was all safe, and in time the EPA got involved in what he had discovered. But this didn't change his mind. It didn't change his understanding of the environment, but it did change how he looked at it. The second part is a quick look at Carson's life, as he prepares for a lecture on his book. This is pretty much a narrated presentation, as Carson talks about his life, his childhood and the way he views the world. We see what we see, but we don't learn anything new. We also see his reactions to some of the things he's seen. We see his fear, his frustration, his envy. Carson is definitely an intelligent man, but he doesn't see the world through a little bit of a blind eye. He sees things through a lens that he knows is flawed, but he still sees the world through it. Carson is someone who has no patience for the things that others believe are bad, and he sees a flaw in it. He thinks it's wrong, and it's an easy way to get back at him for being a little unfair. The third part is a look at the other side of Carson's ideas, and

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Jennifer Gordon

What is the point of a documentary about who really can't leave the country? I think that some filmmakers try to tell the story of their countries only through images of violence. They are afraid that this would turn off their audiences. To be honest, this is not the point of this movie. This documentary is not about the reasons of who is going to be an enemy. It's a story about the people who are going to be enemies. I think that the reason why a lot of people from the communist countries stay there is because they need the money, they need to eat, and they need to pay for the education of their children. If you want to know why some people were driven to this country, you can read the book: "Elites, Lies and the Devil" by Graham Greene. I think that this movie tells the story of some people who are not in favor of the system and the money. What you will find is a lot of fascinating information. I think that the most important thing that I found in the movie was the end. When a person leaves his country and gets a better life in the U.S., the people he left behind are left behind. I think that the only thing they should do is to leave the country and wait for their country to do the same.

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Madison S.

The way I see it, the movie Escape 2 is better than Escape 1. The two movies are quite different, but both are based on the same premise. The movie is about a mother and her daughter escaping from prison, and in the process, they have a pretty big fight with each other. But, both movies end up touching the subject of the sisterhood, and the way they handle it. So, I give it a 8/10.

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Gregory

It's hard to understand the hate for this film that it generated. As a documentary on the life and death of Jim Morrison, this film is not supposed to be a "film" in the sense of what the critics and the public (including me) refer to as a "film." This is a man's story told from the perspective of a few key moments in his life. With a little bit of editing the film could have been a 15-minute documentary, but to me it still works as a semi-documentary on the Jim Morrison story. With "Jim Morrison: Escape From Camping" we get a good look at Jim Morrison, his relationship with his girlfriend/friend/manager, and the people around him in the time leading up to his suicide. It also gives a great idea of how the different groups tried to get Jim out of Camping in the wake of his suicide. When you go into a film like this, you're not expecting to see a film on the subject of a rock legend. However, it is very well done and a good introduction to Jim Morrison's life. I think that it's hard to create a film on a subject like this without talking about it first. The film does this well and brings up questions about the meaning of the suicides, the lives of those involved, and the people who tried to get Jim out of Camping.

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Jason L.

I have been struggling with the idea that I was too old for that movie. I thought "Romeo and Juliet" and "Lorraine" were my favorite movies. I love that you take a look at our time and the movies and it shows what people want to see. We live in a time of 'stupid' and people shouldn't make movies about it. And it's really hard to think that when you're not really sure. It's hard to realize that you're not really like that. But you really can think you are. So, I can't believe it wasn't a love story. I mean, I do think the movies have a certain importance. I've loved movies. I'm a real big history buff. I really like the movies and how they've evolved. And I'm not saying I'm always right, but I really do think that there is a point to what people want to see. If you've never seen a movie, you're not old enough to appreciate it. And I think that's why "Godfather II" is so enjoyable. That movie is so well done. People were so disgusted when they saw it. That movie was so good and we had a hard time being able to enjoy it.

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Bryan H.

I have been a fan of Chris Hedges since "No Lie", which I think is one of the best documentaries of all time, and also for his independent work. I have liked his interviews on Democracy Now and Bill Moyers. I have watched his interviews on "The Guardian". I also own the documentary "From the Wilderness" and I really enjoyed it. It's a good thing too, that I found out about "From the Wilderness" by accident. The book is about Chris Hedges, the interviewees, and the events that happened at the Iraq War protests and the occupation of Iraq. The film is about Chris Hedges' research, what the Army did to him, and how the book got written, how the book got published, and what happened to Chris. I haven't seen anything like it. I can't even begin to describe the beauty of this film. It is very moving, very emotional. The book has a great cover, the interviews are good, the events are real. It's a beautiful movie, a great film. I highly recommend it.

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Carolyn Salazar

As a child I remember the writing of this short, but as an adult, the thing gets lost in a muddled tale. The writing is as beautiful as it is muddled. The archive footage is a pleasure to watch, and I particularly liked the behind the scenes footage showing the production of the film. There is nothing wrong with that, it's a great part of the film. It's an obvious, important part. But this is a small part, and the rest is a disappointment. If you are expecting a quality, or even a "funny" film, you'll be disappointed. This is a disappointment for a film that could have been great. Maybe the VHS version has the music playing during the credits?

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Andrea

The movie centers on a ship called the Greek Ephorate, which made a journey in the 1950s between England and Greece. It was the longest ferry journey in the world at the time. The ship was packed full of rich and well-known people and history buffs. The movie is very informative about this ship and its journey, the many famous names that made up this ship, and the aftermath of the trip. It also has a great set of interviews with people who were involved in this trip, including Ephorate captain Chatham (Tom Hanks) and his wife Joan (Sandra Bullock). This is a must see for anyone interested in history or ships.

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Samantha A.

I was always looking forward to seeing this movie. I had the impression that the movie would give us the worst of the worst, and that the premise might be very interesting to some, but that the characters might be irritating or racist, which is what I had been led to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I found the movie very informative and interesting. The dialog between the characters was very engaging and made the movie even more entertaining. I am glad I went to see it, especially because I was so excited about this movie. I would recommend this movie to anyone who has an interest in race relations in America.

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Keith Schultz

During the film, it shows the evolution of a man who finds fame on his new religious beliefs. It does show some fascinating interviews with the cast. The story is a good one and will catch your attention. I was very surprised at how well it was done. It was done really well. The director did a very good job. In my opinion, I would recommend this film. It's not one of those you would be expected to see. It is a must see. I would love to see more films like this.

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Megan

It's been a while since I've been really interested in what happened to some of the political prisoners in the 1970s. This documentary, the first documentary on the subject I've seen, tells what happened to more than 1,000 political prisoners between 1973 and 1980, and why they were arrested. As a documentary it is great, as are the facts presented, and the people interviewed. Unfortunately, the second half of the film seems to stray too much from the story and the facts. I think there is a very good chance that some of the viewers will have an interest in the political prisoners, and I'm sure that they will enjoy this documentary. On the other hand, as a documentary, it's not great. It doesn't really tell the full story, and it seems that someone has given some information that is never given. As a result, the second half is not as good as the first. Overall, this is a good documentary, though it does suffer from a bit of a delay in telling the story.

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Diane Alvarez

Wow! There are some really great moments in this movie. I can't go into it without giving away a lot of the content. The acting is great, the direction is terrific, and the facts are true. I think it would be a good movie to have in your film library. It may make you laugh and think a bit and leave you wondering why on earth it took so long to get this documentary out there. It's really worth seeing.

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Edward S.

I thought this documentary would be like the other ones, but it was just the opposite. The story of these people is amazing, and they are not really exposed to the media. And they are not portrayed as heroes. In the end, it's like watching two different stories about one person and his life. And I think it's a good thing to tell the people, but the focus of this documentary should be on the people. It should be about the people, and not the people and the media.

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Alan P.

This documentary really wasn't that bad. It was well made and informative. I really enjoyed the interviews. It really is good for an introduction to the subject of the Hidden Kids. The thing that I really liked about this documentary was that it had a good flow to it. It wasn't really that long or anything like that. I liked the use of music. I really liked that the kids weren't too animated and really had to say what was happening. I also liked the fact that the children were really open to talking about what they did. It really helped to open their eyes. The fact that they did it so freely was great. I also liked the fact that they showed the Hidden Kids in pictures. I think it was important to show the kids' faces and how they are used. I liked how the kids were really open about the history of the movie and the book, and what the movie and book had to do with it. I like the way that they showed the kids talking to each other and how they shared the information they had been given. It really seemed like they were really enjoying talking about their experiences. Overall, it was really good. I really liked it and would definitely recommend it.

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Joe Green

This film uses a lot of colour, beautiful landscapes, some stunning images, and good performances from a number of people. The film is a wonderful look at the human psyche, and to a certain extent, of course, one has to question the motives of the film makers, for in my opinion the filmmakers want to teach us the power of imagination, and yet, they have made an ugly documentary in the process. There are questions that need answering, and that question is the problem, for as you watch the film you have to ask yourself, why would a movie maker want to teach us that? I believe that if you're not already thinking about that, then it's a pretty good film to watch. It's certainly much better than the usual bad horror films. I rate it 9/10.

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Benjamin Fields

I just finished watching the film for the first time and my first impression is that it is a very powerful documentary. In addition to that, the way the film is constructed is brilliant. It is a very straightforward documentary, yet very strong. The background for the film is a group of international scientists who were chosen to participate in an experiment, which is a massive experiment called Big Bang. This experiment takes place in an abandoned school, and it is extremely hard to control this experiment. The main character is Daniel Stone, a scientist who makes a lot of mistakes, but eventually is able to keep the experiment running. This film is a very good film. It's an impressive documentary and I think that it deserves more recognition.

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Janet

I just watched this movie, and I must say, it is just amazing. I had read about this movie, and was really interested in seeing it. I was fortunate to be able to sit next to a friend who is a veteran and lived through this event. He was extremely passionate about this movie. He is so proud of what the veterans of his generation were able to do. I felt so strongly for the veterans that this movie was about. It truly was a life changing event for me. So, I would like to say thank you to the cast and crew of this film. Thank you. They are all great. All I can say is this, you will not regret watching this movie. You will not regret watching this movie.

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Joan Lopez

The director of the documentary gave some impressive insights on the health and safety issues faced by people working in the forests in the Faroe Islands. But the real star of the show is undoubtedly that of the forest workers themselves, as well as the forest managers. A former oil and gas worker, a retired firefighter and an environmental lawyer all spoke with their own stories of the conditions they endure every day. Not only do the workers suffer from poor working conditions, they are routinely harassed, threatened, and even physically assaulted, sometimes by fellow workers. These conditions are often exacerbated by the lack of compensation and other legal remedies available to them, in particular against the Norwegian government and the forest managers. One man explained how he found a local doctor and ran the problem over to him. "He just told me, 'it's not my problem.' That's how he approached me," he said. "Then we had a really bad incident. He was about to take the children to school and he was really drunk. We just ran around, shouting at him. I just got a piece of paper with his name on it, and he punched me. I had to run back to my car and drop him off." Another man described how his tent was broken into, and how he and his friends were physically attacked by a group of forest workers who threatened them. "I don't know what they were talking about," he said. "We just wanted to go out to get a drink of water." He described how the workers often laughingly refer to him as "prawn". A woman explained how a worker would take her two children to the road to be taken to school in order to keep them away from the harassment. It is unfortunate that the legal system in the Faroe Islands has very limited resources available to ensure a level playing field, so that workers and their lawyers can make a strong case for compensation and other remedies. However, in the case of these workers and the forest managers, we see that the legal system will fail them every time. I hope that this documentary will help other people learn something about the Faroe Islands. It is my hope that the director will produce a second documentary about the people of the Faroe Islands who live with the challenges faced by the forest workers and those in other industries and who cannot rely on the legal system to bring about change.

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Justin Boyd

I felt a little bored, but I was mostly interested in knowing what they had to say about some of the problems with the film industry. I would have liked to see more documentaries about the status of film and the actors in it. They were kind of given the keys to the kingdom on the "Kubrick" movie, but nothing was really "invisible" to me. We are always told "the right people" were behind a particular movie, or a particular actor's career, but it wasn't really the case. I would have like to have known how the "change in attitude" of a director would have influenced a project. Also, I was wondering why would I have to spend $8 on a ticket to see a movie that I know will be totally forgotten. The most compelling thing to me about the film was its ending. All the great moments that it had. The non-speaking parts of the film were used to good effect. The editing was on point, and so was the cinematography. I especially liked the shot of a small crowd walking past a big sign saying "Walt Disney Pictures."