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 the most infamous prisons in the world.
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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
Clint Eastwood once said of his character Frank Morris: "Morris was a reclusive type guy. He had no education, but according to prison records, he had an I.Q. of 133. He could have been a success in life if he had channeled his pursuits a little differently". See more »
When Eastwood meets the warden in the beginning of the film, the warden states that no newspapers, or magazines carrying news, are issued to the prisoners. However, when Eastwood is delivering books and magazines to other inmates, he clearly hands an inmate an issue of The Saturday Evening Post, which while it was in existence contained many news stories in each issue. Also, the inmate English gives Eastwood an issue of Ebony magazine, a publication that to this day contains news stories, particularly from a black perspective. See more »
But he came at me!
I said, D-Block!
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Opening credits prologue: JANUARY 18, 1960 SAN FRANCISCO See more »
An excellent second half of this film elevates it overall as the Alcatraz inmates plan and then execute their escape, narrowly missing several disastrous occurrences. The suspense during those scenes is outstanding.
Clint Eastwood is good as the fairly low-key character "Frank Morris" and most of the inmates are likable guys (which was highly unlikely in real life).
For tourists of San Francisco (of which I was one about five years ago), I would recommend taking the Alcatraz tour. It's fascinating and makes this movie even more interesting once you've seen the place. I notice the people here at IMDb make the same recommendation on the title page of this film.
Much of the rest of the cast are not well-known actors but they do a fine job in here. This is one of director Don Siegel's final films. He worked with Eastwood on "Coogan's Bluff" and then "Dirty Harry."
Transfer-wise, the DVD was not that impressive, a bit too grainy for the usual standards. However, the story is always interesting and the movie is definitely recommended.
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