It’s a lot harder to get out of jail free in real life than it is in the movies. In honor of the ultimate prison flick The Shawshank Redemption – airing Sun, June 8 at 8p on IFC – let’s take a look at the 10 least plausible prison breaks ever filmed.
10. Escape to Victory
The prisoners of war in this 1981 flick plan an escape using a soccer match against the Nazis as a distraction – but they actually stay behind, win the match, then escape anyways.
9. In Hell
The escape in this flick comes at the end of a number of violent gladiatorial combats, so it’s a good thing the protagonist is Jean-Claude Van Damme.
This 1975 Charles Bronson vehicle has a number of less-than-successful escape attempts (including one with Randy Quaid dressed in drag as a Mexican prostitute).
7. Chicken Run
Sure, the poultry in this flick are escaping from a processing plant, not a prison, but their plan, which involves building an airplane out of chicken coops, is totally absurd.
6. Escape from Alcatraz
Clint Eastwood’s flight from the legendary island prison in this 1979 drama features a spoon-dug tunnel, papier-mache dummies and a life raft made from old raincoats.