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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

 -  Biography | Crime | Drama  -  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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June, 1962. The most famous prison break in history was only the beginning...

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Jack Thibeau ...
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Paul Benjamin ...
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Matthew Locricchio ...
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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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Plot Keywords:

escape | alcatraz | prison | convict | island | See more »

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No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will!


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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alcatraz: Fuga imposible  »

Box Office

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$36,500,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the most popular questions the Alcatraz Prison tour guides get since this movie shot there has been "Which one was Clint Eastwood's cell?" See more »

Goofs

In the wardens office, when Morris is being briefed by the warden, the camera pulls back to (accidentally) reveal the large hole in the office ceiling. At this point the boom is quite visible. See more »

Quotes

Litmus: What's your name kid?
Charley Butts: Charley Butts.
Litmus: Charley's Butt? Hahahah, you got a pretty friggin' funny name kid.
Charley Butts: Oh yeah? What's yours?
Litmus: Al Capone.
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Referenced in Memories of Videodisc (1986) See more »

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D Block Blues
By Gilbert Thomas Jr.
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User Reviews

 
Interesting and underrated.
10 November 2004 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Some people complain that this movie is "boring." It's true it is very quiet and low-key, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It has a distinct realistic feel to it, and it manages to be extremely suspenseful without using over-the-top action or an overblown soundtrack. There were several moments that actually had me on the edge of my seat.

Fans of Eastwood and McGoohan, who both give fantastic performances, should love this. Fans of prison movies should love this. Fans of suspense movies in general should love this. It is a top-notch movie with good performances all around, and I'd highly recommend it.

10/10 stars. Pure, solid entertainment.


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