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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

 -  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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June, 1962. The most famous prison break in history was only the beginning...

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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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escape | alcatraz | prison | convict | island | See more »

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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Position of Butts' arms change as he squeezes through the vent hole of his cell during the escape sequence. See more »

Quotes

Prison Guard: Your painting privileges have been removed.
Doc: Why?
Prison Guard: I don't know.
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D Block Blues
By Gilbert Thomas Jr.
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Drama not action make great movies!!
25 June 2005 | by (Coastal Maine) – See all my reviews

And Escape from Alcatraz is a great movie. Based on a true story, it's one of those rare films that doesn't contain endless mindless fight scenes, overt homo eroticism, impossible action scenes, cartoon like special effects that film makers seem to be overly obsessed about these days. Somebody on the board asked if they should do a re-make of the film. NO!!!! Escape from Alcatraz is excellent as it is. The film is all suspense and great acting. The prison scenes realistic. I'd been to Alcatraz before (as a tourist) and a lot of it is in ruins but the film makes it look like the prison is still intact.

I know some people may find the film dull, well that's fine. Go elsewhere and watch your cartoon action films. I'll stick with cool films like Escape from Alcatraz.


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