Movies like Escape From Pretoria

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Escape From Pretoria (2020)
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Escape From Pretoria (2020)
Original name: Escape from Pretoria
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, USA, South Africa, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: South Africa, 1978. Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee, two white political activists from the African National Congress imprisoned by the apartheid regime, put a plan in motion to escape from the infamous Pretoria Prison…
Style: tense, political, atmospheric, suspense, thought provoking, suspenseful
Plot: prison escape, apartheid, human spirit, maximum security prison, racism, political persecution, prison, jail, escape, freedom, prisoner, rebelliousness, political prisoner, human rights, political activism, escape plan, courtroom, politics, prison guard, key, bell, equality, reformatory, political activist, flyer ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, 20th century
Place: australia, south africa, africa, cape town south africa, adelaide south australia, south australia

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