Clint Eastwood agreed to play the lead role as long as Don Siegel would operate under Eastwood's Malpaso Company. Siegel stipulated that the picture be "A Siegel Film" and went on to buy the film rights for US $100,000. A rift then allegedly arose between long-time friends Eastwood and Siegel. The latter allowed the movie to be a Malpaso/Siegel production but took the film to rival studio Paramount Pictures (Eastwood by this time was a regular at Warner Brothers). As such, though the rift between Eastwood and Siegel was reconciled, this movie became the fifth and final collaboration between the pair. See more »
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 »
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.
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This film is about a convict with multiple successful escape history attempting to escape from Alcatraz.
It is easy to make a prison escape film to be distracted by fights, torture and bribery, but in "Escape from Alcatraz" the film stays highly focused. It tells the escape from planning to execution. It is well presented and developed. I do care for the characters and their stories. Several scenes remind me instantly of "Shawshank Redemption", and I wonder why this film is not as highly regarded. Or otherwise, why "Shawshank Redemption" is so highly regarded when some scenes of it are direct copies of "Escape from Alcatraz".
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