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Cast: Ric Roman Waugh, Stephen Dorff, Val Kilmer, Harold Perrineau Jr.


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A loving husband and father finds his promising future transformed into a waking nightmare when he's convicted of involuntary manslaughter after accidentally killing the burglar who broke into his home in this gritty prison drama starring Stephen Dorff and Val Kilmer. Wade Porter (Dorff) would have done anything to protect his family, and when they were threatened he…  See more details below


A loving husband and father finds his promising future transformed into a waking nightmare when he's convicted of involuntary manslaughter after accidentally killing the burglar who broke into his home in this gritty prison drama starring Stephen Dorff and Val Kilmer. Wade Porter (Dorff) would have done anything to protect his family, and when they were threatened he did what any caring family man would have done. But somehow everything went wrong, and now Wade has been sentenced to spend three years in a maximum-security prison. It's a place where the rules of society have been all but forgotten, and in addition to sharing a cell with a notorious mass murderer (Kilmer), Wade somehow incurs the wrath of the sadistic head prison guard (Harold Perrineau). Now, in order to survive the series of vicious beatings orchestrated for the amusement of the guards, Wade realizes that in order to survive the block and get back to his family he will have to become the toughest felon of them all. But even if Wade does manage to live through this harrowing ordeal, what will be left of that loving family man once he's finally released back into civilized society?

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Dorff Wade Porter
Val Kilmer Actor
Harold Perrineau Actor
Ric Roman Waugh Actor
Marisol Nichols Actor
Anne Archer Actor
Nick Chinlund Actor
Johnny Lewis Actor
Nate Parker Actor
Sam Shepard Actor

Technical Credits
Ric Roman Waugh Director,Screenwriter
Nancy Nayor Battino Casting
Ryan Breen Co-producer
Jonathan Chibnall Editor
Gerhard Daum Score Composer
Stephen Dorff Executive Producer
Dana W. Gonzales Cinematographer
Dan Keston Producer
Vincent G. Newman Executive Producer
Meriwether Nichols Costumes/Costume Designer
David Peters Executive Producer
Vincent Reynaud Production Designer
Tucker Tooley Producer
Chris Wilhem Co-producer

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What would you do if protecting your family gets yourself in prison? Would you protect your family or let things loose? In the film “Felon” Stephen Dorf as Wade Porter’s life changed forever because of protecting his family from a robbery and accidentally killed the robber. A husband, a father and have a loving family, Porter was sentence to three years in maximum-security prison. What would his family do? Will he fight for his justice? In the “Felon” Wade Porter was sentence to three years in prison and have to serve his time. It’s a place with rules but have been all forgotten, Porter was locked in a cell with a murderer Kilm. Thing has change from society, Porter have two way out, fight against or getting vicious beat. He decided to incur with the head prison guard Harold Perrineau. Porter realized that in order to get back to his loving family, he has to become the toughest felon among others. Porter will do anything to get back to his family but what he doesn’t know was what’s left of his family once he’s finally being release from prison. The film has a good quality of view and the actors Stephen Dorf also did great at acting as a prisoner. The action part was great because it show how Wade was fighting other bigger and stronger prisoner to get out of vicious beating. Also, they did a very great job on how the prison has their own race group and how a new prisoner were being treat in a similar-real way. In addition, strong language was used in the film and they match it right to the scene when the prisoner was fighting. Thus, the film was mostly about Porter’s life in prison; it also gives information about life in society and how his family were still waiting for him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Writer/Director Ric Roman Waugh may not have a large number of completed films under his stuntman belt, but if FELON is any indication of the quality of work we can expect from him, it seems he has a solid future. There are many films about prison life and prison breaks that keep coming down the pike, but few of them have the quality of being character studies of how prison affects the minds and lives of both those incarcerated and those on the outside who must deal with the realities both concurrent and future of living in the shadow of ultimate effects of prison experiences. FELON is a strong character-based prison drama. Wade Porter (Stephen Dorff) is a young man on the rise: he is planning to marry the mother Laura (Marisol Nichols) of his child Michael (Vincent Miller), his small business is finally becoming successful, and his family life is happy. One evening Wade's and Laura's sleep is interrupted by an intruder who steals Wade's wallet, then runs out of the house with Wade chasing him with a baseball bat. One hit with the bat the robber is dead. The police arrive and because of the logistics of the timing of the blow to the robber, Wade is arrested for murder. Unsuccessful attempts to explain the situation eventually lead to Wade's being sentenced to prison and he is sent to a prison run by a sadistic Lt. Jackson (Harold Perrineau) with demons of his own. A famous prisoner John Smith (Val Kilmer) is transferred to the prison and becomes cellmates with Wade. The racial violence between prisoners creates rules and gangs and Wade is caught up in the violence that occurs in the daily 'hour in the yard' experiences, until John shares his knowledge of prison logistics and advises Wade in how to avoid critical issues. The prisoners are not only violent among themselves, but they are also the pawns of the brutally evil Lt. Jackson and his crew who appear to delight in the traumas the prisoners create. It is obvious that the good guy/bad guy line is blurred and in order to survive Wade follows John's wise council to an ending that eventually results in some correction of the evils of the prison situation. Survival is the key in the cases of many of the characters, including some of the 'good guards' (Nate Parker, Greg Serano), the steadfast Laura, her mother (a small but well defined role for Annie Archer), and for former guard Gordon (Sam Shepard) a friend of John Smith. Dorff and Kilmer provide very strong characterizations as does Perrineau, but without the fairly large cast of 'fellow prisoners' who set the scenes, their overall performances would be less impressive. It is here that Ric Roman Waugh demonstrates his talent for handling the mixture of physical brutality with the fragility of each individual's mind that makes the film work. It is a tough film to watch but it is solid craftsmanship. Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago