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
No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will!
Did You Know?
Scriptwriter Richard Tuggle
spent six months researching and writing the movie's script. Tuggle went to the Writers Guild and got a list of literary agents who would accept unsolicited manuscripts but got knocked back. Tuggle then got in contact with Don Siegel
's agent allegedly telling him he had met him at a party and was interested in it. Siegel read it and referred it to Eastwood. Publicity for this picture reported that the purchasing of this movie's screenplay was one of the fastest deals ever made for a first film script. Tuggle later went onto direct the Clint Eastwood
(1984). See more
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
Something special about those steps?
The higher you sit, the more status you got. So we kind of play King of the Mountain. Except here we don't play for fun, man.
And you're King?
[Morris walks down the steps
Now I figure there's two reasons why you didn't sit down on my step. Either you're too scared, or you just hate niggers. Now which is it, boy? You too scared? Hmm?
[Morris climbs back up and sits next to English
Nah. I just hate niggers.
Referenced in NCIS: Guilty Pleasure
D Block Blues
By Gilbert Thomas Jr. See more