Taglines: He can get away with anything, that’s why they call him The Escape Artist.
Young and self-confident Danny Masters (Griffin O’Neal) is the teen-aged son of the late Harry Masters, the “greatest escape artist except for Houdini”. Danny himself is an accomplished magician and escape artist. He leaves home to join Uncle Burke and Aunt Sibyl in their magic/mentalist act; Sibyl welcomes him but Burke is unenthusiastic.
Danny soon finds himself embroiled with Stu Quiñones (Raúl Juliá), corrupt son of Mayor Leon Quiñones. The quest for a missing wallet (pick-pocketed by Danny) leads to the comeuppance of the crooked mayor, and separately of his vindictive and out-of-control son. Along the way, Danny comes to terms with the death of his father, the circumstances of which he did not previously know.
The Escape Artist is a 1982 film starring Griffin O’Neal and Raúl Juliá. It was based on a book by David Wagoner, and was the directorial debut of Caleb Deschanel. It was the final film of both Joan Hackett and Desi Arnaz.
The Escape Artist (1982)
Directed by: Caleb Deschanel
Starring: Raul Julia, Griffin O’Neal, Desi Arnaz, Teri Garr, Joan Hackett, Gabriel Dell, Elizabeth Daily, Jackie Coogan, Helen Page Camp
Screenplay by: Melissa Mathison
Production Design by: Dean Tavoularis
Film Editing by: Arthur Schmidt
Costume Design by: Gloria Gresham
Set Decoration by: Bruce A. Gibeson, George R. Nelson
Music by: Georges Delerue
Distributed by: Orion Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: May 28, 1982