Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano on the set of Escape at Dannemora.
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Showtime’s ‘Escape at Dannemora’: The Real Love-Triangle and Prison Break Story

Escape at Dannemore is Showtime’s version of the real-life prison break in 2015. Starring two prisoners and an employee who helps break them out of prison.


The prison escape three years ago involving two prisoners and a forbidden prison love story has caught the attention of the camera. The event boomed the media in 2015. It happened at the New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility.

Richard Matt and David Sweat's mugshots.
The series, directed by Ben Stiller, is based on the true story of convicts Richard Matt (right) and David Sweat’s (left) prison escape. Image Source:

The Showtime TV Series

From a real-life event, inspiration was drawn to create an 8-hour limited series. It is set to premiere the 18th of November. The series is about the two prisoners who had a romantic affair with a woman working at the facility. They were using her for help in breaking them out. And she did help them break out of prison. The two men indulged the police on a three-week long chase after.

The Executive Producers and writers of this series include Brett Johnson and Micheal Tolkin. They started writing the series five days after the event occurred in 2015. Over three years, they had to make certain revisions to the content written, especially after Ben Stiller came on board to direct. After he joined, they collected even more information on this epic prison break.

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Plot Planning for ‘Escape at Dannemora’

After acquiring factual information about the prison break, the team sat with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. They sought permission to shoot from the actual prison the break occurred. They were granted permission to shoot there, and the neighboring town of Dannemora surrounding the prison.

The prison plays an important role in the series. It is a source of inspiration for the cast. Shooting in the same prison of the break and the neighborhood of the chase gives the whole team the reality of what happened. It is character building and eye-opening to the conditions of prison life.

A Great Cast

The cast includes Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano,  who are the convicts. Patricia Arquette plays the role of the woman who helped them escape. Patricia worked with a dialect coach to help her get the accent just right. The show gives her the opportunity to play a role she has not really tried before in movies or any series she has done before.

Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano on the set of Escape at Dannemora.
Benicio del Toro (left) and Paul Dano (right) play criminals Richard Matt and David Sweat respectively. Image Source: TV Series Finale

What to Expect From ‘Escape at Dannemora’

The show will have a lot of drama in it. The team has promised it contains some elements of humor that make it enjoyable. The humor will not, however, steer the series away from the main story. It is there to create a balance to the story.

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Tina Karen
Tina Karen has been a lifestyle blogger for a while now. As she writes her many blog posts, she makes sure to highlight all the major points of interests rather than only emphasizing the areas she finds preferable. Tina possess a soft voice that comes in handy and enables her to do voice overs. She currently writes news articles for prison loved ones on the Prison Rideshare Network.