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Fortress (1993)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 220702454
UPC: 096009753191
UPC 14: 00096009753191
Category Keywords: Futuristic  Post-Apocalypse  Science-Fiction
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Director Stuart Gordon's contribution to the I've-seen-the-future-and-it-sucks genre, FORTRESS is a creative and rousing sci-fi adventure. It's 2018, and America is facing a terrible overpopulation crisis. To solve the problem, a strict limit has been set on the number of children a family can have: one. When John Brennick (Christopher Lambert) and his wife, Karen (Loryn Locklin), lose their infant son, they try to have another illegally. However, they're caught and sent off to the Fortress, a supermaximum security prison from which escape is impossible. Despite the robot guards, the laser beams, the mindscanners, and the death devices planted in all inmates' stomachs, Brennick plans an escape with his wife anyway. Lambert is excellent as Brennick, the only reasonable man in an unreasonable world. Locklin is good as Karen, his wife and equal in strength of mind and will. Kurtwood Smith is gleefully evil as the sadistic prison director who is as emotionless as the machines that control him. Gordon imparts his graphic and detailed visual style to the film, as well as his usual strengths of strong character development and solid storytelling. FORTRESS is a great sci-fi escape movie that recalls THE RUNNING MAN and other prison-break films.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Echo Bridge Home Ent
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/10/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1993
Video UPC UPC: 00096009753191
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Kurtwood Smith
Video Cast Info Lincoln Kilpatrick
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Combs
Video Cast Info Loryn Locklin
Video Cast Info Christopher Lambert
Video Cast Info Troy Neighbors - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Steven Feinberg - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Terry Curtis Fox - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info David Venable - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Stuart Gordon - Director
Plot Summary
As the penalty for trying to have a second child in the over-populated world of the year 2017, war hero John Brennick and his wife, Karen, are condemned to the Fortress, an underground maximum security prison run by the computers of the Men-Tel Corporation. While Brennick is forced to do hard labor in the high-tech prison, the director of the institution takes a personal interest in Karen, hoping to use her pregnancy to breed an enhanced human. To save his wife, Brennick must overcome the control exerted by the computer and find a way out of the Fortress.

Memorable Quotes

"The Men--Tel Corporation has transformed me into a more efficient human being. Once a month, I absorb amino acids, wasting neither food nor fuel. When my kind are in the majority, there will be no more world hunger, no over--population."----Prison Director Poe (Kurtwood Smith) to Karen Brennick (Loryn Locklin)

"Crime does not pay."----Zed--10, the Men--Tel Corporation computer

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...[Contains] one of the more ingenious fantasies of high-tech fiendishness to be seen in films recently....FORTRESS has an unusally energetic imagination..." 09/04/1993 p.11

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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