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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.


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Madison Arnold ...
Blair Burrows ...
Bob Balhatchet ...
Matthew Locricchio ...
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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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No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will!


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Release Date:

22 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flucht von Alcatraz  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$36,500,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was made and released about sixteen years after its source book of the same name by J. Campbell Bruce was first published in 1963. In 1966, this film's director Don Siegel wrote a treatment called "The Rock" which was based on this book. See more »


When Wolf goes at Frank Morris with a knife in the yard the fight scene shows Wolfs hat mysteriously disappearing and then reappearing. See more »


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!
Frank Morris: I may have found a way out of here.
[the group stops and stares at him]
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: JANUARY 18, 1960 SAN FRANCISCO See more »


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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