Prison Break (2005)

8.5 / 10

Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.

Country United States

Genre Drama, Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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Trivia

It took 4.5 hours to apply the tattoo to Wentworth Miller on set.

Paul Scheuring had said that the initial concept for the series (a man deliberately getting himself sent to prison in order to break out again) was suggested to him by a female colleague of his (Dawn Parouse). He thought it was a great idea, but was initially stumped as to why someone would embark on such a strange mission or how he could stretch the idea out long enough for a TV show. He later came up with the idea of the wrongfully accused brother, and the conspiracy subplot. He then started work on writing the pilot script for the show.

Wentworth Miller was a last minute casting choice. He started filming about a week after auditioning/being cast.

Many of the scenes are filmed on location in the actual cell that housed John Wayne Gacy.

The character of "D.B. Cooper" is based on an actual person, who in 1971, after hijacking an airliner, extorted $200,000 from its owner, Northwest Orient, and leaped off the airborne plane with 21 pounds of $20 bills strapped to his body. He was never found. The theory is that he was killed because his parachute didn't deploy.

Thirteen prisons banned this show.

Several characters are named after presidents and politicians. Lincoln Burrows and Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell are named after Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Michael Scofield, Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin and Alexander Mahone are named after politicians Edward Scofield, Benjamin Franklin and William Mahone. Also Paul Kellerman is named after Roy Kellerman, the Secret Service agent who was riding in President John F. Kennedy's limousine at the time of his assassination.

Michael Scofield's tattoo was designed by tattoo artist Tom Berg. Berg was asked to work on the show by Brett Ratner after previously designing the tattoo for the character of Francis Dolarhyde in Ratner's film Red Dragon (2002). Berg estimated that to get the tattoo done for real would take four years and would cost between fifteen and twenty thousand dollars. Berg also designed Haywire's sketches of the tattoo.

Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell play brothers in the show. They reunite as partners in crime in The Flash (S01E10), as Captain Cold and Heat Wave. They make several subtle references to Prison Break.

On August 6, 2015 FOX officially announced there will be a sequel show to Prison Break (2005).

Quotes

Michael Scofield: You kept it.
Dr. Sara Tancredi: Kept what?
Michael Scofield: The flower.
Dr. Sara Tancredi: Well, I'm a packrat. I never throw anything out.
Michael Scofield: [looks around the spotless infirmary]
Yeah, well this clutter. It's... overwhelming.
Dr. Sara Tancredi: You should see my apartment.
Michael Scofield: Woah. We haven't even had our first date yet and you're already inviting me in. I thought you were a nice girl.
Dr. Sara Tancredi: Oh Michael, we all know nice girls finish last.
[motions for Michael to lift up his shirt]

Michael Scofield: So where do you finish?
Dr. Sara Tancredi: Depends on where I start. Deep breath.
[uses stethoscope to listen to Michael's heart beat, and looks up at him. Michael gives her the blue steel and forgets to continue breathing deeply]

Angela West: [suddenly walking in]
Sara, we're backing...

Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell: [about the rising temperature in the cells]
Not that hot?
[he points to an African American cellmate]

Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell: When this guy woke up, he was white!

Michael Scofield: I thought your cousin was trying to move in on your girl.
Fernando Sucre: That's my other cousin but thanks for briniging that up, jackass!

Dr. Marvin Gudat: I can promise you nothing.
Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell: Story of my life.

Michael Scofield: This is going wrong in every possible way.

Tech Specs

Languages: English, Spanish

Release Date: 29 Aug 2005 (United States) See more

Also Known As: AR See more

Filming Locations: Building One, Studios at Las Colinas - 6301 North O'Connor Road, Irving, Texas, USA See more