Escape from Pretoria

Movie review by Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Tense political prison thriller has some violence, language.

PG-13 2020 104 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 16+

One more movie about a prison break

First of all, this movie based on a real story and this is first reason why you should watch this video. The movie all time keep you in worries for the main character. Escape from Pretoria is a movie about the prison for convicts for political reasons located in Pretoria (this is a city in South Africa) in the eighties. This prison break was not really possible if it was in our time, because now a prison without CCTV cameras is not a prison. I recommend this movie for all people who like movies on the prison theme, but only for watching on one time.

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