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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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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

It is alleged, in the actual 1962 escape, that Morris and the Anglin brothers were picked up by a motor launch during their swim. Coast Guard records state that a motorboat without running lights did exit the Golden Gate on the night of the escape. Also, several months after the escape, one of the guards in the Anglin brothers' cell block supposedly received a blank postcard from Brazil. However, this escape scenario is very unlikely. As shown in the film, when prisoners received visitors at Alcatraz, the prison guards were listening in on prisoner/visitor conversations, to prevent escape attempts being discussed. All prisoner mail was read and censored before it was mailed from the prison. Therefore, it would have been next to impossible for Morris and the Anglin brothers to arrange for a launch to pick them up without the guards discovering their escape plan. A week after the 1962 escape, a sea freighter coming into San Francisco spotted a dead body floating in the Pacific Ocean, wearing an Alcatraz prison uniform. It is likely that none of the three escapees survived the attempt. 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

English: Sometimes I think that's all this place is. One... long... count. The prisoners count the hours, the bulls count the prisoners and the king bulls count the counts.
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Followed by Out of Alcatraz (2016) See more »

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D Block Blues
By Gilbert Thomas Jr.
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Great movie... but go on the tour first....
28 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first went on the evening tour of Alcatraz Island which I'd highly recommend, the prison was cast in a dark gloom which seemed appropriate as we walked around the jail cells and listened to many interesting facts on the audio tour, walked the grounds, and heard about the escape depicted in the move. Naturally, I had to go see this movie...

Watching the movie, I was very impressed with how accurate the movie mirrored what my sense of prison life and the escape would be like based on my impressions of the prison and the island during the tour. Having had walked around the space of the prison in the dim evening light really enhanced my sense of the movie's environment.

Small details like the painting of black shadows for sharp tools that they shared in the tour were also present in the movie, very authentic. The lack of action per se perfectly captures the actual mood of the prison, where boredom reigned, and I thought the film balanced this well with an entertaining cast of characters and well-timed action. Eastwood's silently intense attitude was a good fit for the role and the drama and atmosphere of the escape scene was done perfectly.

In short, I'd highly recommend the evening tour on Alcatraz, followed by a viewing of "Escape from Alcatraz", you will not be disappointed.


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