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A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.6/10 (36,383 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Ric Roman Waugh

Stars: Stephen Dorff, Marisol Nichols, Vincent Miller

The family man Wade Porter is living the American Dream with his girlfriend Laura and their son Michael: they have a nice house, he has just raised a loan to make his company grow and they are going to get married. However their dream becomes a nightmare when Wade unintentionally kills a burglar that had broken into their house in the middle of the night on his lawn. He is sent to trial and accepts a deal proposed by the prosecutor, being sentenced to three years in prison. During the transportation, there is an incident in the bus and Wade is framed and sent to the maximum security wing under the command of the corrupt Lieutenant Jackson. His cell-mate John Smith that was sentenced to life revenging the death of his family befriends Wade and gives helpful advices and hope to Wade to return to his family.


Stephen Dorff

Wade Porter

Marisol Nichols

Laura Porter

Vincent Miller

Michael Porter

Anne Archer


Larnell Stovall


Val Kilmer

John Smith

Sam Shepard


Johnny Lewis


Harold Perrineau

Lt. Jackson

Shawn Prince

Todd Jackson

Chris Browning

Danny Samson

Nick Chinlund

Sgt. Roberts

Greg Serano

Officer Diaz

Jake Walker

Warden Harris

Nate Parker

Officer Collins

No Rules. No Hope. No Way Out.


Official Website:
Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 3 Jan 2008

Filming Locations: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $2,900,000


Opening Weekend: $24,900
(18 July 2008)
(3 Screens)

Gross: $36,756
(28 July 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


This production was funded in conjunction with New Mexico's Film Investment Program.


Crew or equipment visible:
You can see the white tape covering the Tropicana logo on the No Pulp Orange Juice container when they are having breakfast.


[last lines]

John Smith:
Usually I'm quoting someone else's words. The least I can do is give you some John Smith originals. They won't be poetic. But they'll be the truth. Yes, prison desensitizes you. But it also forces you to see what's most important. Family. And loyalty…

User Review

A very accomplished movie

Rating: 8/10

It's really nice to stumble upon good movies when you don't expect it.
Nowadays, we are becoming more and more guided by the marketing that
goes behind the movies, to realize when we actually go see them that we
are often left unsatisfied.

Felon is a movie about a man who is working hard to create a life for
himself and his family, he has worked hard to establish his own
business and feels as though he is finally ready to start reaping the
fruits of his labour. Then, life brings a unexpected twist and he finds
himself in prison. From this point on, we see transformations of a man
who is forced into a new world where he has no control.

This movie is a great glimpse of the extreme conditions that the
American correctional system can create. It also displays very well how
people can get corrupted by power. All the actors in this movie shine
and portray perfectly their characters. The story is very well told and
by the end of the movie, you are left reflecting on how the
correctional system has so many flaws and how it drives people to
become their worst, both as inmates and as guards. However, the film
also shows that even in these circumstances, there are great acts of
humanity and compassion.

A very good movie, definitely worth the watch. 8/10.