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The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $10,021Details
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Once known as Houdini for his multiple and improbable jailbreaks, Mark DeFriest was condemned to Florida’s worst prison after a lone psychiatrist reversed four court appointed psychiatrists and declared Mark was faking mental illness. Over 30 years later, Mark is still struggling to understand how to survive a rigid and unforgiving system, while his remaining supporters forge an unlikely alliance to argue for his freedom in front of the Florida Parole Commission. Along the way, they uncover lingering questions about whether Mark should have even been sent to prison, yet face the daunting task of explaining why a notorious troublemaker deserves to go free.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
90% - Fresh
78% - Upright

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 6th, 2015 (Limited) by City Drive Films
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 106 minutes
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Keywords: Biography, Prison, Prison Break, Animated Sequences
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Found Objects, Naked Edge Films, Mighty Pictures, Thoughtmakers
Production Countries: Canada,
United States


Mark DeFriest    Himself
Ron McAndrew    Himself
John Middleton    Himself
Bonnie DeFriest    Herself
Barbie Taylor    Herself
Robert Berland    Himself
Scoot McNairy    Animation Voice
Shea Whigham    Animation Voice

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Gabriel London
Producer    Daniel J. Chalfen
Producer    Charlie Sadoff
Executive Producer    Peter Brusikiewicz
Executive Producer    Jim Butterworth
Executive Producer    Daniel E. Catullo III
Executive Producer    David Menschel
Animation Director    Jonathon Corbiere
Editor    Nick Clark
Composer    Ronan Coleman

Limited Releases: No Doubt About This Week's Limited Releases

March 6th, 2015

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Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/03/06 92 $2,951   2 $1,476   $2,951 7
2015/03/13 80 $7,070 +140% 6 $1,178   $10,021 14

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