"NY PRISON BREAK: THE SEDUCTION OF JOYCE MITCHELL," PREMIERES APRIL 23, STARRING GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE PENELOPE ANN MILLER
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 16, 2017) - Inspired by the true story that gripped the nation, Lifetime premieres the ripped-from-the-headline movie, NY Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell on Sunday, April 23, at 8pm ET/PT. The movie tells the story of a prison staffer who helped two convicts escape, leading to a fatal manhunt. Recently denied parole, Joyce is played by Golden Globe and SAG nominee, Penelope Ann Miller (American Crime).
Joyce Mitchell (Miller), a married mother of three, meets convicted murderers Richard Matt (Myk Watford, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and David Sweat (Joe Anderson, Across the Universe) while running the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Richard and David immediately set their sights on Joyce as the perfect pawn for their escape plan. Flattered by their attention, Joyce is easily manipulated and seduced by the two prisoners, and soon agrees to help them break out.Wrapped up in a fantasy that men were in love with her, Joyce goes along with them when they suggest killing her husband so they can all run away together to Mexico. At the last second, Joyce decides she can't go through with the plot and doesn't show up at their pick-up point. Soon after, a massive statewide manhunt for Richard and David ensues culminating in a deadly takedown and her own conviction.
Produced by Mountainair Films, NY Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell is executive produced by Judith Verno and Frank Von Zerneck. The movie is directed and written by Stephen Tolkin. David Manzanares co-produces and Ron Schmidt is the line producer. The film is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.
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