Escape from Alcatraz

Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

Escape from Alcatraz
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Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once - by three men never heard of again.

Release Date:June 22, 1979
MPAA Rating:15
Genres:Crime, Drama
Production Company:Paramount Pictures, Malpaso Company
Production Countries:United States of America
Director:Don Siegel, Lloyd Nelson, Luigi Alfano
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Plot Keywords:prison, based on novel, island, mouse, alcatraz, biography, prison warden, escapee convict, pubic hair, escape from prison, dummy, inmate, nude fight, 1960s
  • Even Better If You've Seen The Famous Site
    January 7, 2007
    An excellent second half of this film elevates it overall as the Alcatraz inmates plan and then execute their escape, narrowly missing several disastrous occurrences. The suspense during those scenes is outstanding.
    Clint Eastwood is good as the fairly low-key character "Frank Morris" and most of the inmates are likable guys (which was highly unlikely in real life).
    For tourists of San Francisco (of which I was one about five years ago), I would recommend taking the Alcatraz tour. It's fascinating and makes this movie even more interesting once you've seen the place. I notice the people here at IMDb make the same recommendation on the title page of this film.
    Much of the rest of the cast are not well-known actors but they do a fine job in here. This is one of director Don Siegel's final films. He worked with Eastwood on "Coogan's Bluff" and then "Dirty Harry."
    Transfer-wise, the DVD was not that impressive, a bit too grainy for the usual standards. However, the story is always interesting and the movie is definitely recommended.