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