Lifetime has a special original movie airing this weekend. New York Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell stars Golden Globe-nominee Penelope Ann Miller as Joyce Mitchell, who was convicted for her role in helping two convicted murderers escape from New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility in June 2015. The movie airs on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET. Read on for a preview of the film.
On June 6, 2015, two convicted murderers – Richard Matt and David Sweat – escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. It took authorities three weeks to find them, with Matt being killed on June 26 and Sweat captured on June 28. Following an investigation, it was determined that Mitchell, a prison seamstress, helped them escape. She pleaded guilty to charges related to their escape and was sentenced to up to seven years in prison and has to pay $6,375 in fines and court fees.
Mitchell’s story was turned into a film by writer/director Stephen Tolkin, who was a writer on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters and the short-lived shows Taxi Brooklyn, Summerland. He’s also directed episodes of American Playhouse, Golden Years and Switched at Birth. He directed the 2014 Lifetime movie A Day Late and a Dollar Short with Whoopi Goldberg.
As for star Penelope Ann Miller, she has a Golden Globe nomination for 1994’s Carlito’s Way. Her other credits include Awakenings, Kindergarten Cop, The Artist, American Crime, Mistresses and Chaplin.
Following the premiere screening of New York Prison Break, Lifetime will air the hour-long Biography Presents: Joyce Mitchell and the New York Prison Break at 10:08 p.m. ET.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, April 23, 2017
TIME: 8 p.m. ET
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 12:02 a.m. ET
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. ET
CHANNEL: Lifetime (To find out what channel Lifetime is for you, click here to go to TVGuide.com and change your provider under “TV Listings.”)
PLOT: “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.”
Penelope Ann Miller as Joyce Mitchell
Myk Watford as Richard Matt
Joe Anderson as David Sweat
Daniel Roebuck as Lyle Mitchell
Mike Ostroski as Thomas Brown
Written & Directed by Stephen Tolkin
Executive Producers: Judith Verno, Frank Von Zerneck
Producer: Ron Schmidt
Co-Producer: David Manzanares
Associate Producer: Deen Dioria
Production Company: Mountainair Films