Lock Up

1989

Lock Up

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Sylvester Stallone stars in this prison melodrama as Frank Leone, an auto mechanic who just wants to play with the neighborhood kids and marry his sweetheart Melissa (Darlanne Fluegel). But when a bunch of punks kill the old man who took Frank off the streets and acted as his mentor when he was fourteen, Frank seeks out the criminals and beats them up. Frank is arrested and sentenced to six months in a minimum-security prison. Frank figures he'll serve out his time and marry Melissa, but the fates are against him. Hateful Warden Drumgoole (Donald Sutherland), who has an old score to settle with Frank, has him transferred from the minimum-security prison to a maximum-security hellhole, Gateway Prison. Drumgoole walks ominously through a fetid mist to greet Frank with the words, "Welcome to Gateway, Leone. This is Hell and I'm going to give you a guided tour."

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Audience Reviews for Lock Up

  • Sep 11, 2018
    My roommate and I were on a Stallone kick recently, but we never got around to watching Lock Up because we were looking for some hard (see: over-the-top) action, and this sounded more like a wistful drama. Eventually though, Lock Up came due, and I... actually kind of loved it? It's about as cheesy I had feared, but I what never occurred to me is that that cheese would totally work. I mean, it's not exactly Shawshank we're working with here, but if I were putting together a list of all the good prison movies ever made, Lock Up would be on it.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2011
    Really good and gripping film, Very underrated, One of Stallones best films acting wise plus it had some good intense scenes too.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2010
    If you ever wondered what Shawshank Redemption would’ve been like in the 80s, this is exactly it. Sylvester Stallone always delivers the action and heart, always making his movies watchable and admirable. This isn’t overly intelligent or complex, but it wasn’t meant to. It’s a simple story of a man wrongfully convicted and constantly tested, you just can’t avoid feeling compassion for him. It’s extremely goofy at times and almost ridiculous, but any Sly fan will find themselves happy.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2009
    Sylvester Stallone gives one of the greatest performances of his career, showing he is not an action hero but an actor and what a hell of an unforgettable performance. Donald Sutherland is brilliant, giving an intense and great peroformance. A powerful and excellent film. It's moving, thrilling, stunning and truly exhilerating. A riveting prison drama that is truly remarkable and outstanding.
    Al S Super Reviewer

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