With this screenplay David Mamet gives the traditional prison-break
story his special blend of gripping suspense, slapdash buffoonery,
and ingenious plotting.
Bob, a vicious killer, cheats the electric chair by shooting his
way out of the penitentiary, forcing two reluctant convicts to come
along. Desperately dodging the cops, Ned and Jim reach a river that
runs along the Canadian border. The bridge across it becomes their
only hope of reaching safety, but a checkpoint guards the crossing.
Mamet builds the tension to the breaking point with a series of
sizzling surprises as time and again the escaped jailbirds fail by
a hairsbreadth to slip past the guards.
Disguised as priests, Ned and Jim are mistaken for two famous
theologians attending the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows at a local
monastery. The wickedly funny Mamet takes his two heroes down a
dizzying course of serpentine adventures, demonstrating once again
his peerless mas-tery of the art of cinematic suspense.
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