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15 Things You May Not Have Known About Lock Up

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1. Gateway Prison Is Real… Kind of

“Gateway Prison” in the movie is actually Rahway State Prison in New Jersey. (These days, it goes by East Jersey State Prison.) The production team visited eight different maximum-security prisons around the U.S. before settling on Rahway. Besides Lock Up, the prison has appeared in The Hurricane, Malcolm X, He Got Game, Rounders, and Ocean’s Eleven.


2. The Extras Were Actual Inmates

The extras in the film were actual inmates at Rahway State Prison.


3. Being an Extra Came with Perks

Each morning, director John Flynn had the producers hand-select 200 of the prison’s 1900 inmates to work from 7:30 a.m to 5 p.m. each day. The production reportedly provided the lucky inmates with donuts and coffee each day—luxuries they weren’t normally allowed.


4. Director John Flynn Has Prison (Movie) History

Flynn made a career out directing gritty, no-nonsense dramas, including the 1991 Steven Seagal action flick Out For Justice. But perhaps his most praiseworthy film is one he never got credit for. Flynn served as an uncredited assistant director on another prison-escape drama, 1963’s The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, and more.


5. The Guards Were Real, Too

Most of the guards in the film were actual guards of the prison as well.


6. And They Got Were Compensated

The guards received the standard SAG pay-rate for extras at $93 per day.


7. As Were the Prisoners, Although Not as Much

The prisoner extras received a minimum wage of $26 per day.


8. Stallone Has Been to a Lot of Fake Jails

Stallone knows his way around a prison set. Including Lock Up, he has starred in 10 movies where incarceration plays a key role, including Victory, First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Over the Top, Rambo III, Tango & Cash, Demolition Man, Judge Dredd, and Escape Plan.


9. Stallone Doesn’t Need to Stinking Body Doubles

There were no body doubles during the muddy football scene. Stallone himself was repeatedly tackled by real prison extras while shooting the scene.


10. Eclipse’s Touchdown Dance Was a Tribute to the Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals fans will recognize the dance that Eclipse (played by actor Frank McRae) does after scoring a touchdown in the football scene as the “Ickey Shuffle,” the touchdown celebration made famous by former Bengals fullback Ickey Woods.


11. Frank McRae Had NFL History

McRae was a solid choice for the football scene – he’d actually spent a short stint as an NFL defensive tackle, playing six games for the Chicago Bears during the 1967 season.


12. Danny Trejo Is in the Movie

Danny Trejo makes an appearance as one of the gang members led by the character Chink Weber (played by actor Sonny Landham).


13. “Maybelline” Is an Original 1965 Ford Mustang GT.

It was from the first year of the legendary car’s production.


14. Lock Up Is the First Starring film Role for Tom Sizemore

He plays fellow convict Dallas. The same year he appeared in a brief background part in director Kathryn Bigelow’s film Blue Steel.


15. Composer Bill Conti Also Scored Rocky

Most notably the much-imitated theme, “Gonna Fly Now.”

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…