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Dannemora prison break series coming soon

The eight-episode limited series “Escape from Dannemora," about two prisoners who escaped in 2015 from the Clinton Correctional Facility in the North Country of New York State, is coming to Showtime in November.

The pay channel ran an advertisement during Monday's Emmy Awards telecast about the series.

The series, which will tell the story of the escape of inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat, will premiere at 10 p.m. Nov. 18.

At the time of the escape, Matt was serving 25 years to life for the 1997 torture murder of North Tonawanda businessman William Rickerson. While on the lam, he killed a man in a barroom brawl in Mexico. In the early 1990s, he was involved in a murder-for-hire plot and escaped from the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden.

The escapees evaded thousands of searchers for 20 days before Matt was shot and killed. Sweat was wounded two days later and captured near the Canadian border.

The series, which is being directed by Ben Stiller, stars Patricia Arquette, Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano. Lifetime previously made a movie about it.

Del Toro, who won an Academy Award for his role in the movie "Traffic," plays Matt. Paul Dano ("There Will Be Blood") plays Sweat. Arquette, who won an Emmy for her role in the TV series "Medium," is playing Joyce Mitchell, the married mother of three who ran the tailor shop at the prison and helped the inmates escape. Michael Imperioli, who won an Emmy for his work as Christopher in "The Sopranos," is playing Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Escaping prison, surviving the wild: the journey of Matt and Sweat



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