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

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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:
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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Full of prison clichés but more of a reflection on prison life than a genre movie See more (139 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 (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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Runtime:
112 min
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Certification:
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?

Trivia:
The television show, "MythBusters" (2003) proved that this escape worked (or was at least plausible). They recreated the entire escape right down to using the same materials to which the cons had access. They even used the same type of raincoats from which the boat was made. The makeshift raft crafted and crewed by the MythBusters team did indeed reach the shore, but at the Marin Headlands instead of Angel Island.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Quotes:
Charley Butts:I turned 35 today. Some birthday! When's your birthday?
Frank Morris:I don't know.
Charley Butts:Geez, what kind of childhood did you have?
Frank Morris:Short.
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Soundtrack:
D Block BluesSee more »

FAQ

Could they have survived?
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24 out of 42 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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