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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.

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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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Release Date:

22 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flucht von Alcatraz  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,306,354 (USA) (24 June 1979)

Gross:

$43,000,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character of English (played by Paul Benjamin) is based on Alcatraz prisoner Clarence Carnes. In real-life, Carnes was a dark-skinned Choctaw Indian, not a black man. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning, where Frank Morris is being escorted through Alcatraz, we see him from behind, naked. We also see him being escorted by the guards from within a cell, and very brief, you can see that he is wearing a white towel around his hips. In the next shot, he is seen naked from behind again. Finally when being put in his cell, he is once again wearing a towel. See more »

Quotes

Frank Morris: [when Butts hasn't started climbing up yet] Goddamn it, Butts.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Bro's Before Ho's (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

D Block Blues
by Gilbert Thomas Jr.
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Great movie... but go on the tour first....
28 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first went on the evening tour of Alcatraz Island which I'd highly recommend, the prison was cast in a dark gloom which seemed appropriate as we walked around the jail cells and listened to many interesting facts on the audio tour, walked the grounds, and heard about the escape depicted in the move. Naturally, I had to go see this movie...

Watching the movie, I was very impressed with how accurate the movie mirrored what my sense of prison life and the escape would be like based on my impressions of the prison and the island during the tour. Having had walked around the space of the prison in the dim evening light really enhanced my sense of the movie's environment.

Small details like the painting of black shadows for sharp tools that they shared in the tour were also present in the movie, very authentic. The lack of action per se perfectly captures the actual mood of the prison, where boredom reigned, and I thought the film balanced this well with an entertaining cast of characters and well-timed action. Eastwood's silently intense attitude was a good fit for the role and the drama and atmosphere of the escape scene was done perfectly.

In short, I'd highly recommend the evening tour on Alcatraz, followed by a viewing of "Escape from Alcatraz", you will not be disappointed.


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