Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman

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  • 2021
  • 1 Season
  • 7.4  (203)

Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman is an eight-part series from The HISTORY Channel hosted and executive produced by Morgan Freeman. The five-time Academy Award nominee and one-time Academy Award-winning actor has appeared in hundreds of films and television roles. One of his most famous and beloved performances was in Shawshank Redemption, a film focusing on the exploits of a group of inmates inside the fictional Shawshank State Penitentiary. In the series, Morgan will explore real-life prison breaks that have captured the attention of the public. It's an up close and personal view of what the prisoners are faced with in executing their break outs. Famous escapes from Alcatraz, Dannemora, Pittsburgh State Penitentiary and other locations are recreated with actors playing key roles and interviews from some of the prisoners themselves, their families, their cell mates and from the guards and prison employees that tried to prevent the escapes. Along with the interviews and recreations, the series will utilize new software technology called Unreal Engine to recreate?with great verisimilitude?the prisons themselves.

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Assassin's Flight
8. Assassin's Flight
December 28, 2021
James Earl Ray, confessed killer of RFK, was a notorious escape artist. His most audacious escape involved manufacturing a ladder made of plumbing pipe and going over the wall of the Brushy Mountain State Prison.
Fleeing Hellmira
7. Fleeing Hellmira
December 21, 2021
Two desperate murderers made an audacious rooftop escape from the forty foot high Elmira State Prison.
Belfast Breakout
6. Belfast Breakout
December 14, 2021
Almost forty prisoners locked up in HM Maze prison for actions undertaken as members of the IRA, escaped in a food truck. Many were caught right away, some years later, and some were never seen again.
Escaping Hitler
5. Escaping Hitler
December 7, 2021
The story of the escape of more than 70 men from Stalag Luft Three, a German prisoner of war camp; only three eventually survived.
Conquering the Wall
4. Conquering the Wall
November 30, 2021
Six men, led by the mastermind, Nuno Pontes, escaped Pittsburgh State Penitentiary by tunneling to freedom under the massive wall of the prison. They made it as far as Texas before being caught and returned to prison.
El Chapo
3. El Chapo
November 23, 2021
El Chapo became one of the most notorious and murderous drug cartel kingpins in modern history. His audacious escapes from maximum-security prisons in Mexico became the stuff of legends. He is now in a US supermax prison in Colorado where he is remanded to this day.
North Country Breakout
2. North Country Breakout
November 16, 2021
Stuck in prison on life sentences, two men used engineering smarts and psychological manipulation of several prison employees to escape Dannemora Prison.
Alcatraz
1. Alcatraz
November 9, 2021
Four men conspire to break out of one of the most notorious prisons in American history. Three make it to the water's edge... but what happened to them when they left the island remains a mystery to this day.
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Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman is an eight-part series from The HISTORY Channel hosted and executive produced by Morgan Freeman. The five-time Academy Award nominee and one-time Academy Award-winning actor has appeared in hundreds of films and television roles. One of his most famous and beloved performances was in Shawshank Redemption, a film focusing on the exploits of a group of inmates inside the fictional Shawshank State Penitentiary.

In the series, Morgan will explore real-life prison breaks that have captured the attention of the public. It's an up close and personal view of what the prisoners are faced with in executing their break outs. Famous escapes from Alcatraz, Dannemora, Pittsburgh State Penitentiary and other locations are recreated with actors playing key roles and interviews from some of the prisoners themselves, their families, their cell mates and from the guards and prison employees that tried to prevent the escapes. Along with the interviews and recreations, the series will utilize new software technology called Unreal Engine to recreate?with great verisimilitude?the prisons themselves.

Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on November 9, 2021.

Where to Watch Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman

Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman is available for streaming on the History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman on demand at History, Vudu, Apple TV and Philo.

  • Premiere Date
    November 9, 2021
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (203)