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''Escape at Dannemora'' is a 2018 MiniSeries that aired for seven episodes on Creator/{{Showtime}}. It was directed by Creator/BenStiller and stars Creator/BenicioDelToro, Patricia Arquette, and Creator/PaulDano.

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''Escape at Dannemora'' is a 2018 MiniSeries that aired for seven episodes on Creator/{{Showtime}}. It was directed by Creator/BenStiller and stars Creator/BenicioDelToro, Patricia Arquette, Creator/PatriciaArquette, and Creator/PaulDano.


* NeverMyFault: Tilly is fond of doing this. Sweat also underplays his role in the death of the cop he shot and ran over, blaming his partner who finished him off instead.

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* NeverMyFault: Tilly is fond of doing this. Sweat also underplays his role in the death of the cop he shot and ran over, blaming his partner who finished him off instead. The real David Sweat publicly complained that the depiction of his crime was wrong, and destroyed his supposed chances to get his conviction overturned.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Off-camera, an administrator denies the request for a lockdown following a huge fight in the yard because there were not enough in the overtime budget.


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* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: Before they were married, Lyle helped Tilly get out of her previous marriage with custody of her son. He did so by following her husband, who knew Lyle was cuckolding him, and giving him a dopey smile until the man was so enraged that he punched Lyle in the face. Tilly then used that act of violence to convice a judge to grant full custody.


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* VillainousRescue: In order to keep Tilly from getting fired for low production, Matt snitches on a fellow prisoner who is slacking off with a cigarette. That man, a huge black prisoner named "Murder", comes looking for revenge once he is out of punishment. Matt and Sweat are "saved" when the even more villainous members of the Aryan Brotherhood jump in and start a prison race riot.


* ImprobableAimingSkills: Truth is stranger than fiction. [[spoiler:The cop who shoots Sweat does so with a pistol at long range. In real life, the cop was a firearms instructor and scored two hits at a range of 73 yards.]]
* InTheBack: [[spoiler:Sweat is shot in the back while fleeing, which actually happened.]]

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Truth is stranger than fiction. [[spoiler:The cop who shoots Sweat does so with a pistol at long range. In real life, the cop was a firearms instructor and scored two hits at a range of 73 yards.]]
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* InTheBack: [[spoiler:Sweat is shot in the back while fleeing, which actually happened.]]happened]].


''Escape at Dannemora'' is 2018 MiniSeries that aired for seven episodes on Creator/{{Showtime}}. It was directed by Creator/BenStiller and stars Creator/BenicioDelToro, Patricia Arquette, and Creator/PaulDano.


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''Escape at Dannemora'' is a 2018 MiniSeries that aired for seven episodes on Creator/{{Showtime}}. It was directed by Creator/BenStiller and stars Creator/BenicioDelToro, Patricia Arquette, and Creator/PaulDano.

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Truth is stranger than fiction. [[spoiler:The cop who shoots Sweat does so with a pistol at long range. In real life, the cop was a firearms instructor and scored two hits at a range of 73 yards]].
* InTheBack: [[spoiler:Sweat is shot in the back while fleeing, which actually happened]].

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Truth is stranger than fiction. [[spoiler:The cop who shoots Sweat does so with a pistol at long range. In real life, the cop was a firearms instructor and scored two hits at a range of 73 yards]].
yards.]]
* InTheBack: [[spoiler:Sweat is shot in the back while fleeing, which actually happened]].happened.]]



* NeverMyFault: Tilly is fond of doing this. Sweat also underplays his role in his death of the cop he shot and ran over, blaming his partner who finished him off instead.

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* NeverMyFault: Tilly is fond of doing this. Sweat also underplays his role in his the death of the cop he shot and ran over, blaming his partner who finished him off instead.



** A new prisoner ignores repeated instructions to leave Matt and Warden Palmer alone, seemingly because he's too dim to realize he's pissing them off.

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** A new prisoner ignores repeated instructions to leave Matt and Warden Palmer alone, seemingly because he's [[TooDumbToLive too dim to realize he's pissing them off.off]].



* VillainProtagonist: Matt, Sweat and Tilly are all the villains of the story, perpetrating a prison break for their own selfish ends.

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* VillainProtagonist: Matt, Sweat Sweat, and Tilly are all the villains of the story, perpetrating a prison break for their own selfish ends.

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* LeaveTheCameraRunning: There are several ''extremely'' lengthy shots of a close-up on a character's face. Sweat receives one where he listens to rock music on his headphones while lying in bed. Episode 6 ends with one on Tilly's face as she looks at Lyle with desire.

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* TheLoad: In spite of being a prison bigshot, Matt is truly hopeless when he and Sweat escape. He panics and nearly gets them caught by a homeowner immediately after their escape, gets drunk on stolen booze, gets himself sick on contaminated water, and constantly argues for reckless strategies. In the end, a cop notes that Sweat got just as far in one day without Matt as he had the previous two weeks with him. Sweat admits that it never even occurred to him to just abandon Matt.

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* TheOner: Sweat's dry run of his escape is filmed in a single shot as he navigates the labyrinthine service corridors and runs down the incredibly long tunnel to get to the manhole cover outside the prison.

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* ColdBloodedTorture: Matt does this to his boss as a way to get the location of a safe which turns out to not even exist.


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* {{Fingore}}: Matt breaks his boss's fingers one by one as a way to get him to open up about a safe.

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* EmbarrassingNickname: Tilly is referred to as 'Shawskank' by the media.


* WholeEpisodeFlashback: The penultimate episode focuses on the events leading up to Matt's and David's arrests as well as Tilly's past.

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* WholeEpisodeFlashback: The penultimate episode focuses on the events leading up to Matt's and David's Sweat's arrests as well as Tilly's past.


* JailBake: Tilly smuggles tools hidden in frozen meat to Matt and Sweat.

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* JailBake: HowWeGotHere: The series opens with a scene in which Tilly smuggles tools hidden in frozen meat is being interviewed by the state inspector general. Most of the series is a flashback leading up to Matt and Sweat.this point. At the end of the final episode, we see the first part of this scene again from a different camera angle.


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* JailBake: Tilly smuggles tools hidden in frozen meat to Matt and Sweat.


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* BlatantLies: Matt tells Tilly the plan is to take her with them to Mexico. He later tells Sweat they're going to leave her after the escape.

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* BlatantLies: Matt tells Tilly the plan is repeatedly makes threadbare excuses to take her with them to Mexico. He later tells meet both Sweat they're going to leave her after and Matt in private circumstances during work hours. Everyone on the escape.work floor seems to know what's happening and roll their eyes whenever she does so.



* ImprobableAimingSkills: Truth is stranger than fiction. [[spoiler:The cop who shoots Sweat does so with a pistol at long range. In real life, the cop was a firearms instructor and scored two hits at a range of 73 yards]].
* InTheBack: [[spoiler:Sweat is shot in the back while fleeing, which actually happened]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: Tilly spends the series having sexual dalliances with prisoners. In the end, [[spoiler:she's a prisoner, and a guard propositions ''her'' for sex]].



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Downplayed, but Lyle says that he knew that Tilly was cheating on him when she started eating healthy.



* StupidCrooks: Matt is a bigshot in prison, but is shown to be a total incompetent on the outside. The murder he commits that gets him landed in prison is foolish and comes to nothing. After his escape, he repeatedly butts heads with Sweat over his ill-conceived actions.

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* StupidCrooks: StupidCrooks:
** A new prisoner ignores repeated instructions to leave Matt and Warden Palmer alone, seemingly because he's too dim to realize he's pissing them off.
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Matt is a bigshot in prison, but is shown to be a total incompetent on the outside. The murder he commits that gets him landed in prison is foolish and comes to nothing. After his escape, he repeatedly butts heads with Sweat over his ill-conceived actions.


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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: In the final scene, text reveals the eventual fates of the main parties.


* BaitTheDog: The penultimate flashback episode serves as this. After getting the audience to root for the two prisoners, the flashback episode shows their crimes in horrific unflinching detail.



* BaitTheDog: The penultimate flashback episode serves as this. After getting the audience to root for the two prisoners, the flashback episode shows their crimes in horrific unflinching detail.

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