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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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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)  »

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Alcatraz: Fuga imposible  »

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$36,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Director Don Siegel had previously visited the Alcatraz Prison when it was still operational in order to do research for his earlier film Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) made and released about twenty-five years earlier. See more »

Goofs

When at the warden's briefing with Morris, the warden drops his nail clipper into the dish with another nail clipper present. At this point they both are closed. At the next shot of the dish after Morris removed one nail clipper, the remaining clipper is now all of a sudden open. See more »

Quotes

Wagner: What'd you order this stuff for? You don't look like the painting type to me.
Charley Butts: You wouldn't know talent if it looked you in the face.
Wagner: Well I'm looking you in the face and I don't see jack shit.
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D Block Blues
By Gilbert Thomas Jr.
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There was no escaping "The Rock"... till Frank Morris came along
22 October 2001 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

Alcatraz was supposed to be escape-proof. With guards always on the watch, along with high, concrete walls, not to mentioned shark- infested waters, there's not a snowball's chance in hell anyone could have got out of "The Rock". But rumor has it that 3 inmates did

managed to get away (sounds like an UNSOLVED MYSTERIES episode, huh?), and this movie, ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ, showcases the daring getaway attempt. Clint Eastwood, hard-edged and dark as ever, plays Frank Morris, a convict that had the element of escape. Morris, along with the Anglin Brothers (Jack Thibeu and Fred Ward), hatched the plan to bust out with the use of dummies, spoons, and brain-power. Eastwood is as top-notched as ever, and Patrick McGoohan (of THE PRISONER fame) is chilling as the warden. Don Siegel, again teaming up with his DIRTY HARRY player Eastwood, directs quite a concoction of thrills and sus- pence in this movie.


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