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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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(as Donald Siegel)

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Jack Thibeau ...
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Matthew Locricchio ...
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Alcatraz: Fuga imposible  »

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$36,500,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The dangerous escape down the prison wall and into the water was performed without stunt doubles. It was performed by Clint Eastwood, Fred Ward, and Jack Thibeau, the latter two were cast in the film partially due to their athletic ability. Director 'Don Siegel (I)' twice thought that he had lost his actors to the treacherous currents. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Doc is painting in the prison yard, the spots of wet paint on the left-hand side of the canvas change. Doc and Frank are having a conversation - the shots showing Frank speaking do not show the canvas for the most part, while the ones that show Doc speaking do. The wet spots increase and decrease in size and number every time the canvas is shown. See more »

Quotes

Litmus: What's your name kid?
Charley Butts: Charley Butts.
Litmus: Charley's Butt? Hahahah, you got a pretty friggin' funny name kid.
Charley Butts: Oh yeah? What's yours?
Litmus: Al Capone.
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D Block Blues
By Gilbert Thomas Jr.
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Top-line prison movie
8 November 2001 | by (Tampa, FL) – See all my reviews

For some just the name of this prison gives excitement. 'The Rock' as they call it was the most famous prison around in that time and still is today. This is my favorite Clint Eastwood movies and is in my top-20 of all time. It is kind of a thriller in a way. The constant chance of Morris (Eastwood) getting caught was an edge-of-your-seat kind of feeling. The fact that they actually filmed the movie on Alcatraz Island was amazing. Alot of movies have not been able to actually film in the places where they have actually taken place. If you haven't seen this one yet, I suggest you go and rent it. I got lucky enough to get it on tape a while back for 5 bucks.


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