A group of inmates attempt a daring escape from the notorious Alcatraz prison island, from which no-one had managed to escape before. Based on a true story. Written by
No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will!
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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
In his opening monologue, the warden mentions his predecessors, including a previous warden named Johnson. He's presumably referring to James A. Johnston (note the T in his last name, which the warden does not pronounce), who was the first warden of Alcatraz, presiding over its opening in 1934 and retiring in 1948. See more
[examining Frank's accordion
Been playing this thing long?
Couple of months.
You any good?
You'll get better. That's one of the benefits of Alcatraz - lots of time to practice.
Referenced in QI: Denial & Deprivation
D Block Blues
By Gilbert Thomas Jr. See more