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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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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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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

As outlined in the lore of the prison and also included in the film's script, over twenty-nine years, there were only ever fourteen escape attempts made at Alcatraz Prison. Of the thirty-nine men involved, twenty-six were captured, seven were shot dead, three drowned, and three were never heard of again. It is these three prison escapees to which this movie is the subject of. See more »

Goofs

The Mount Sutro Tower (breaking ground in 1971 and completed in 1972) is pictured in the movie's opening sequence while at the same time on-screen text indicates the plot year to be 1960. See more »

Quotes

Frank Morris: Tell me, you stopped killing white people?
English: Why?
Frank Morris: Well, next time I wouldn't turn my back on ya.
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Referenced in Hope & Faith: Escape from Albuquerque (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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