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|
|Production Company||:||Paramount Pictures, Malpaso Company|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Don Siegel, Lloyd Nelson, Luigi Alfano|
|Writers||:||J. Campbell Bruce, Richard Tuggle|
|Casts||:||Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau, Fred Ward, Paul Benjamin, Larry Hankin, Bruce M. Fischer, Frank Ronzio, Fred Stuthman, David Cryer, Hank Brandt, Ray K. Goman, Blair Burrows, Madison Arnold, Garry Goodrow, Ron Vernan, Ed Vasgersian, Matthew Locricchio, Bob Balhatchet, Stephen Bradley, Regina Baff, Joe Miksak, Candace Bowen, Don Michaelian, Dan Leegant, John Scanlon, Jason Ronard, Ross Reynolds, Al Dunlap, Denis Berkfeldt, Jim Haynie, Tony Dario, Fritz Manes, Don Cummins, Robert Hirschfeld, Lloyd Nelson, George Orrison, Gary Warren, Joseph Whipp, Terry Wills, Sheldon Feldner, Danny Glover, Carl Lumbly, Eugene Jackson|
|Plot Keywords||:||prison, based on novel, island, mouse, alcatraz, biography, prison warden, escapee convict, pubic hair, escape from prison, dummy, inmate, nude fight, 1960s|
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.