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The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest (2015)

The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest poster
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.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 14,201-14,300) 14,236 $10,021
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 19,401-19,500) 19,437 $10,021

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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

Documentary Subject(s)

Mark DeFriest    Himself

Supporting Cast

Scoot McNairy    Animation Voice
Shea Whigham    Animation Voice


Ron McAndrew    Himself
John Middleton    Himself
Bonnie DeFriest    Herself
Barbie Taylor    Herself
Robert Berland    Himself

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Production and Technical Credits

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

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

March 6th, 2015

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Weekly Box Office Performance

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

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