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Escape from Alcatraz -- A dramatization of the one possibly successful escape from the notorious prison.


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J. Campbell Bruce (book)
Richard Tuggle (screenplay)
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22 June 1979 (USA) See more »
No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will!
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Even Better If You've Seen The Famous Site See more (139 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Frank Morris

Patrick McGoohan ... Warden

Roberts Blossom ... Doc
Jack Thibeau ... Clarence Anglin

Fred Ward ... John Anglin
Paul Benjamin ... English

Larry Hankin ... Charley Butts
Bruce M. Fischer ... Wolf

Frank Ronzio ... Litmus
Fred Stuthman ... Johnson
David Cryer ... Wagner
Madison Arnold ... Zimmerman
Blair Burrows ... Fight Guard
Bob Balhatchet ... Medical Technical Assistant
Matthew Locricchio ... Exam Guard (as Matthew J. Locricchio)
Don Michaelian ... Beck
Ray K. Goman ... Cellblock Captain

Jason Ronard ... Bobs
Ed Vasgersian ... Cranston
Ron Vernan ... Stone
Regina Baff ... Lucy (as Regie Baff)
Hank Brandt ... Associate Warden
Candace Bowen ... English's Daughter
Joe Miksak ... Police Sgt. (as Joseph Miksak)
Stephen Bradley ... Exam Guard
Garry Goodrow ... Weston
Ross Reynolds ... Helicopter Pilot
Al Dunlap ... Visitors' Guard

Denis Berkfeldt ... Guard

Jim Haynie ... Guard
Tony Dario ... Guard
Fritz Manes ... Guard
Dana Derfus ... Guard
Don Cummins ... Guard
Gordon Handforth ... Guard
John Scanlon ... Guard
Don Watters ... Guard
Dan Leegant ... Guard
Joe Knowland ... Guard (as Joseph Knowland)
James Collier ... Guard
R.J. Ganzert ... Guard (as R. J. Ganzert)
Robert Hirschfeld ... Guard
Lloyd Nelson ... Guard
George Orrison ... Guard
Gary Warren ... Guard (as Gary F. Warren)
Joseph Whipp ... Guard (as Joe Whipp)
Terry Wills ... Guard
John Garabedian ... Guard
Dale Alvarez ... Inmate
Sheldon Feldner ... Inmate

Danny Glover ... Inmate

Carl Lumbly ... Inmate
Patrick Valentino ... Inmate
Gilbert Thomas Jr. ... Inmate
Eugene Jackson ... Inmate (as Eugene W. Jackson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lars Hensen ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Siegel  (as Donald Siegel)
Writing credits
J. Campbell Bruce (book)

Richard Tuggle (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Daley .... executive producer
Fritz Manes .... associate producer
Don Siegel .... producer (as Donald Siegel)
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty (casting)
Wallis Nicita (casting) (as Wally Nicita)
Production Design by
Allen E. Smith  (as Allen Smith)
Set Decoration by
Edward J. McDonald 
Makeup Department
Joe McKinney .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack Terry .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
Wally Samson .... production manager: studio features (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luigi Alfano .... assistant director
Richard Graves .... second assistant director
Mark Johnson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Larry Clark Bird .... property master (as Larry Bird)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator
Rafael Caro .... assistant art director (uncredited)
John Chapot .... carpenter (uncredited)
Art Charles .... labor foreman (uncredited)
Cal DiValerio .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Jose Guzman .... set designer (uncredited)
Dale Haugo .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Loren Hillman-Morgan .... set painter (uncredited)
Tom Ivanjack .... painter (uncredited)
Tom Ivanjack .... set painter (uncredited)
Steven Kerlagon .... set painter (uncredited)
Nikita Knatz .... sketch artist (uncredited)
Cliff Librurdi .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Ralph Schoetensak .... leadman (uncredited)
Earl W. Shubin .... swing boss (uncredited)
Ralph Votaw .... propmaker (uncredited)
Frances W. Wells .... set designer (uncredited)
Boyd Willat .... set designer (uncredited)
Ken Zimmerman .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bub Asman .... sound effects editor
Bert Hallberg .... sound mixer
Alan Robert Murray .... sound effects editor
John T. Reitz .... re-recording mixer
Ralph Babcock .... boom operator (uncredited)
Forest Williams .... cableman (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
Calvin Joe Acord .... special effects (uncredited)
David Domeyer .... special effects (uncredited)
Phylo Holaday .... special effects (uncredited)
Harold Selig .... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Stewart .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Bergdahl .... camera operator
Larry Flynn .... best boy
Ron Grover .... still photography
Charles Holmes .... gaffer (as Chuck Holmes)
Dennis Matsuda .... camera assistant
Patrick E. McGinness .... camera assistant (as Pat McGinness)
Rick Neff .... camera operator
Gordon Paschal .... camera assistant
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Billy Walsh .... camera assistant
Lawrence G. Yates .... second grip
Ed Ayer .... electrician (uncredited)
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Dave Barrow .... company grip (uncredited)
James B. Crawford .... electrician (uncredited)
Carlos M. Gallardo .... company grip (uncredited)
Gene Katz .... generator operator (uncredited)
Greg Langham .... electrician (uncredited)
Víctor Pérez .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Bruce D. Spellman .... second grip (uncredited)
Joel Stout .... best boy (uncredited)
Gary Stromp .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ann Brebner .... casting: San Francisco (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenn Wright .... costume supervisor
Dan Chichester .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Tim Board .... assistant editor
Joel Cox .... assistant editor
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
June Edgerton .... music editor
Lennie Niehaus .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
H. William Miller .... transportation co-captain (as Bill Miller)
Ray Mullen .... transportation co-captain
John Reade .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Eudie Charnes .... secretary to unit production manager
Betty Endo .... secretary to producer
Don Henry .... auditor
Gary Kalkin .... unit publicist
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Iris O'Reilly .... secretary to director
Carol Rydall .... associate: Mr. Siegel
Carol Rydall .... dialogue coach
Jim Dannaldson .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Freeman Packard .... production: studio (uncredited)
Cherie Pardo .... secretary to executive producer (uncredited)
Greg Wolf .... first aid (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:14 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1980) | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) (2001) | USA:PG (MPAA rating: certificate #25555) | West Germany:12 (f)

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 »
Continuity: The position of the Warden's hand while he is holding the flower in the last scene.See more »
English:[after Doc chopped off his fingers] I heard about Doc, and I know why he did it. Somebody took away his painting privileges.See more »
Movie Connections:
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Could they have survived?
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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Even Better If You've Seen The Famous Site, 7 January 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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