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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 notorious prison.

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A group of inmates attempt a daring escape from the notorious Alcatraz prison island, from which no-one had managed to escape before. Based on a true story. 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)  »

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Escape from Alcatraz  »

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$36,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The character of English (played by Paul Benjamin) is based on Alcatraz prisoner Clarence Carnes. In real life, Carnes was a dark-skinned Choctaw Indian, not African-American. 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

Prison Guard: Is something burning?
Frank Morris: What? I don't smell nothing.
Prison Guard: It must be my imagination. Working nights really gets to you.
Frank Morris: You should try it from my side.
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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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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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