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Prison break reveals lack of literary depth at the Canberra Times.

By johnboy - 12 December 2008 27

The Canberra Times has what could have been a short piece on a Belconnen Remand Centre inmate (or are we meant to call them a “resident” these days?) caught trying to tunnel to freedom.

The story is significantly padded by references to the movie “The Shawshank Redemption”. As if that movie is the only prison break recorded in popular culture.

Anyone want to suggest other famous tunneling prison breaks for future reference? Both fictional or historical are fine.

What’s Your opinion?


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Prison break reveals lack of literary depth at the Canberra Times.
Mr_Shab 1:21 pm 12 Dec 08

Fortress? Only because it’s technomological (and rubbish).

Tonka 12:57 pm 12 Dec 08

Papillon – gotta be one of the greatest escape stories ever.

Not a bad movie, great book, even if it is only partly autobiographical.

PM 12:47 pm 12 Dec 08

Count of Monte Christo (I forget the spelling). And isn’t that a type of toasted sandwich now?

Jim Jones 12:42 pm 12 Dec 08

Primal said :

Alcatraz was no match for David Copperfield.

Dickens … now there’s some literary cred.

fnaah 12:42 pm 12 Dec 08

Copperfield is no match for the Amazing (James) Randi (or Claudia Schiffer, apparently :P)

Primal 12:35 pm 12 Dec 08

Alcatraz was no match for David Copperfield.

p1 12:25 pm 12 Dec 08

My personal favourite would have to be Colditz Castle, or Oflag IV-C the camp where the Germans kept prisoners who showed a penchant for escaping during world war two.

Who would have guessed that this approach would simply lead to a lot of escape attempts?

I want to see the “residents” of Belco remand build a Glider in their cell.

wishuwell 12:06 pm 12 Dec 08

But Tomkinson did get to build a full scale model icebreaker. Lost points though on slowness to take advantage of Suki.

MelonHead 11:59 am 12 Dec 08

Surely Hogan’s Heroes is the benchmark for the escape caper.

barking toad 11:58 am 12 Dec 08

Tomkinson was 17 miles from Greybridge before he was caught by the school leopard.

H1NG0 11:47 am 12 Dec 08

Ah yes, Escape from Alcatraz is one of my faves

fnaah 11:36 am 12 Dec 08

I quite liked Clint Eastwood in “Escape from Alcatraz”.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079116/

Hint of truth, mostly fiction though.

Thumper 11:36 am 12 Dec 08

Ripping Yarns

Escape from Stalag Luft 112B

Germany, 1917. Major Errol Phipps (Palin) is a legend among prisoners of war. He has attempted over five hundred escapes, two hundred of them before he left England. One day, he is transferred to the most infamous prison camp: Stalag Luft 112B.

Escape attempts have to be organized by a special committee which only meets very irregularly. Phipps tries to escape nonetheless: He starts to construct a glider out of toilet rolls, maps the wires and perimeters and starts digging tunnels in the flower beds.

In the end Major Phipps was the only man never to escape from Stalag Luft 112B. He dies a broken man; two months after the burial, his body is found near the cemetery fence.

Thumper 11:34 am 12 Dec 08

Chicken Run…

But the Great Escape is the biggie…

caf 11:32 am 12 Dec 08

This one in Colombo comes complete with electricity and lighting.

These guys in New Jersey used swimsuit girl pinups to hide the holes in their cell walls.

And this guy in Duesseldorf just mailed himself out.

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