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!
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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
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
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Opening credits prologue: JANUARY 18, 1960 SAN FRANCISCO See more
Referenced in He Got Game
D Block Blues
by Gilbert Thomas Jr. See more