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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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Storyline

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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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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22 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alcatraz: Fuga imposible  »

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

The Warden, who is never named during the film, at one point refers to his "predecessors, Wardens Johnston and Blackwell." Warden Blackwell was the actual warden at the time of Frank Lee Morris's escape, and this script reference was clearly done to avoid legal trouble. 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

Clarence Anglin: What movie is playing this week?
John Anglin: Some cowboy piece of shit.
[goes into Italian-American voice]
John Anglin: 'ey, least dey could show was a gangsta movie!
[laughs]
Frank Morris: I may have found a way out of here.
[the group stops and stares at him]
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Referenced in Tatort: Märchenwald (2004) See more »

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D Block Blues
By Gilbert Thomas Jr.
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Rock hard
2 June 2004 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Alcatraz was America's toughest high-security prison, and has been much beloved by film-makers since it closed and became available as a set. Don Siegel's film is based on the true story of an attempted escape. Some aspects are clichéd (the psychopathic homosexual, for example) and by concentrating on the brutality of the regime the film gets you on the side of the escapees at the price of suggesting that prison break-outs are actually a good thing. But in general, this is a successful film that has aged well, with no sickly sentiment or overdone melodrama; by concentrating on the unadorned details of the story, the film allows each one to count. A strong, uncompromising movie, gripping even if you know the ending before it starts.


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