Movies like Escape From Pretoria

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Escape From Pretoria (2020)
 6.8
 17K
Escape From Pretoria (2020)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, USA, South Africa
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, atmospheric, suspense, thought provoking, suspenseful, political
Plot: prison escape, apartheid, political persecution, jail, escape, freedom, escape plan, political prisoner, human rights, political activism, racism, human spirit, rebelliousness, courtroom, maximum security prison, prison, politics, prison guard, prisoner, key, bell, reformatory, political activist, flyer, penitentiary ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, 20th century
Place: australia, africa, south africa, cape town south africa, adelaide south australia, south australia

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Love, Cheat & Steal (1993)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
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Beyond the Reach (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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The Ipcress File (1965)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This espionage thriller represents a landmark in spy movies introducing the sly, dry intelligence agent Harry Palmer. The story, centers on Palmer's investigation into British Intelligence security. He's soon enmeshed in a world of ...
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Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
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 7.4
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Frenzy (1972)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 116 min.
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Style: dark humor, tense, serious, suspenseful, psychological ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 5.7
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Uncovered (1994)
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Duration: 103 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Alone (2020)
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Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A recently widowed traveler is kidnapped by a cold blooded killer, only to escape into the wilderness where she is forced to battle against the elements as her pursuer closes in on her.
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: escape, wilderness, trapped, rifle, chase, kidnapped woman, struggle for survival, one on one, peril, hopelessness, woman in danger, cruelty ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Sleeper's Wake (2012)
Genre: Thriller
Country: South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
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Duration: 102 min.
Story: Will arrives for his last year at Military Academy, in the Deep South USA, in the 1960's. A black student, Pearce, has been accepted, for the first time and Will is asked to keep an eye out for the inevitable racism. The racists come in the ...
Style: suspenseful, sincere, realistic, serious, tense
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Formosa Betrayed (2009)
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Duration: 103 min.
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Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, clever, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
No Through Road (2008)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 85 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 6.4
 17
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⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 4.5
 924
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Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, tense, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 5.3
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85%
 4.4
 745
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 173
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 116
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 5.3
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⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 6.6
 32K
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Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In a prison for the criminally insane, deranged anthropologist Ethan Powell is set to be examined by a bright young psychiatrist, Theo Caulder. Driven by ambition and a hunger for the truth, Caulder will eventually risk everything -- even put his ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 3.9
 2K
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Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
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84%