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Writers:
J. Campbell Bruce (book)
Richard Tuggle (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 June 1979 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will!
Plot:
A dramatization of the one possibly successful escape from the notorious prison. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Full of prison clichés but more of a reflection on prison life than a genre movie See more (130 total) »

Cast

  (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
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)
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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 
Wallis Nicita  (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)
 
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
John Chapot .... carpenter (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)
Ralph Votaw .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bub Asman .... sound effects editor
Bert Hallberg .... sound mixer
Alan Robert Murray .... sound effects editor
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
David Domeyer .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Bergdahl .... camera operator
Larry Flynn .... best boy
Ron Grover .... still photographer
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
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip (uncredited)
James B. Crawford .... electrician (uncredited)
Víctor Pérez .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Bruce D. Spellman .... second grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenn Wright .... costume supervisor
 
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
 
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112 min
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Trivia:
Morris' (Clint Eastwood) disorientation after being released from solitary confinement is based on actual inmate behavior. One ex-convict who served on Alcatraz said of time in solitary, "You either came out a man, or something less."See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: In the wardens office, when Morris is being briefed by the warden, the camera pulls back to (accidentally) reveal the large hole in the office ceiling. At this point the boom is quite visible.See more »
Quotes:
Litmus:I'm Litmus. Like Litmus paper. When it gets cold, my face gets blue. And when it's hot, my face gets red.See more »
Soundtrack:
D Block BluesSee more »

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22 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Full of prison clichés but more of a reflection on prison life than a genre movie, 31 May 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

When people disobey the rules of society they get sent to prison. When they disobey the rules of prison they get sent to Alcatraz. Transferred from Atlanta, this is the true story of Frank Morris – the only man to break out of Alcatraz prison. Morris comes to the prison to find cruel guards and monotony are the norm, all resided over by the disinterested warden. With time he makes both friends and enemies and begins to plan his way out of his cell and out of the prison.

I have seen this film once before, probably more than a decade ago and I wasn't going to try and review it from my distant memory of it so I watched it again the other day. From my memory of the film and the opening 15 minutes I assumed that this was just going to be an effective break-out thriller with all the usual clichés in place – the shanks, the old man with a small animal, the old timer who goes nuts etc, and in some regards this is what it is. However it is also very unusual for a prison movie because it is so very low key and slow. In this way it is like the prison life itself – based in routine without a great deal actually happening, certainly the film engages consistently rather than relying on a handful of set pieces to do it. For this reason some viewers may be turned off by it as they expect more from prison dramas, certainly viewers of HBO's Oz cannot help but find this to be lacking in action.

I don't want my comments to be taken out of context so I will say that I think that this is a very effective film in what it tries to do. It is slow but never dull, clichéd but never uninteresting. Siegel's direction shows good control and it is matched by a performance from Clint Eastwood that is so understated that at times it seemed like he would disappear from the screen with a slight whiff of smoke – this was not a showy performance but it was a very good one. He is supported by a cast that delivers mostly clichéd characters but delivers them without overdoing it or pushing it to the point where they are too obvious. The support cast includes turns from Blossum, Benjamin, Fischer, Hankin and Fred Ward. McGoohan doesn't have a great deal to do but he plays his character well, with a strange half smile on his face for much of the time – a knowing look reflecting the irony of the most famous Prisoner becoming the warden perhaps?

Overall this is lacking in fireworks or big set pieces (even the escape at the end is delivered without dramatic flourishes or tense music) but that is it's aim. The film captures the dull routine of prison life including the violence and the treatment while also telling a good story that it has the good taste to leave open as it was in real life.

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