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The Escape Artist

Country: USA

Genre: Coming of Age, Drama



Filmed in 1980 but not released until 1982, this quirky film stars Griffin O'Neal as the son of a famous magician, who is determined to both recreate his father's best-known tricks and discover the truth behind his death. Along the way, he becomes involved with the crooked machinations of his town's scheming adults. The eclectic supporting cast includes Desi Arnaz in his last screen appearance.


  • Based on the 1965 novel of the same name by American writer and poet David Wagoner (b. 1926)
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  • Griffin O'Neal
    (Danny Masters)
  • Ra
    (Stu Quiñones)
  • Joan Hackett
    (Aunt Sibyl)
  • Gabriel Dell
    (Uncle Burke)
  • Desi Arnaz
    (Mayor Leon Quiñones)
  • Teri Garr
  • Jackie Coogan [ALUMNUS]
    (Magic Shop Owner)
  • Huntz Hall
  • Harry Anderson
    (Harry Masters)

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Very good acting from Griffin.

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Audiences at the time of its release were slightly baffled, but this is actually a stunning multi-layered poetic masterpiece, about the burning love of a boy for his dead father, and about his own search for independence, and recognition from the adult world. Griffin O'Neal was just 15 when he played Danny Masters in this movie (though the film wasn't released for another couple of years), in a performance which John Holmstrom ("The Moving Picture Boy", p. 351) called "one of the screen's greatest boy performances". Watch out for former boy star Jackie Coogan as the owner of the Magic Shop, as well as performances from former 'Dead End Kids' Huntz Hall and Gabriel Dell. Unmissable!

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