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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

PG  |   |  Action, Biography, Crime  |  22 June 1979 (USA)
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A dramatization of the one possibly successful escape from the infamous prison island in 1962.

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The true story of three inmates who attempt a daring escape from the infamous prison, Alcatraz Island. Although no-one had managed to escape before, bank robber Frank Morris masterminded this elaborately detailed and, as far as anyone knows, ultimately successful, escape. In 29 years, this seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once by three inmates never heard of again. Written by Niz

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No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will!


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22 June 1979 (USA)  »

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Flucht von Alcatraz  »

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$36,500,000 (USA)
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The character of Charley Butts (played by Larry Hankin) is based on prisoner Allen West, who also participated in the 1962 escape attempt with Frank Morris and the Anglin brothers. However, in real life, West did not get cold feet and decide to stay behind (as Butts does in the film). On the night of the escape attempt, West tried to exit his cell through the hole he had dug in the ventilator grid in his cell wall, but discovered that a metal bar was blocking his way. The other 3 prisoners were forced to leave West behind as they escaped the island. See more »

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Frank Morris sticks a mirror out of his cell to spot the guard, but the angle he's holding it at is for the benefit of the camera. He can only see the back of the mirror. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: JANUARY 18, 1960 SAN FRANCISCO See more »

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A brief Narration of Morris and Anglin bros escape from Alcatraz! - blackmajor
21 November 2005 | by (chennai - India) – See all my reviews

If there was ever an inmate who was destined to escape from Alcatraz, it was Frank Lee Morris. In the movie entitled "Escape from Alcatraz" starring actor Clint Eastwood, Morris was accurately portrayed as the keen and brilliant mastermind of one of the most famous prison escapes in history. The escape plan took nearly seven months to design, and it would necessitate the fabrication of clever decoys and water survival gear.

F L Morris had spent a lifetime navigating the prison system before his arrival on Alcatraz. From his infant years until his teens Morris was shuffled from one foster home to another, and he was convicted of his first crime at the youthful age of only thirteen. By the time he reached his later teens, Morris' criminal record would include a multitude of crimes ranging from narcotics possession to armed robbery, and he had become a professional inhabitant of the correctional system. He spent his formative years in a boys' training school, and then graduated.

Morris was credited by prison officials as possessing superior intelligence, and he earned his ticket to Alcatraz by building an impressive resume of escapes.

Frank's accomplices in the "Great Escape" were equally well acquainted with the dark world of organized crime. Brothers John and Clarence Anglin were also serving sentences at Alcatraz for bank robbery, having been convicted along with their brother Alfred. All three had been incarcerated at the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta when they first became acquainted with Morris, and John and Clarence were eventually sent to Alcatraz following a sequence of attempted escapes.

i wud love to explain in detail but then....

After months of long preparation the inmates had completed fashioning all of the gear they needed for their escape, This what Clint had really shown his acting by the Direction of Siegel! I love the entire detail structure of the movie and wud be on my favo's...i have almost watched it more than 15times!!and Will do too...


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