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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 infamous prison island in 1962. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Great movie... but go on the tour first.... 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)
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)
Cal DiValerio .... construction coordinator (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)
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 .... sound 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 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
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)
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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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112 min
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Trivia:
Director Don Siegel had previously visited the Alcatraz Prison when it was still operational in order to do research for his earlier film Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) made and released about twenty-five years earlier.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the warden spots the flower at the end of the movie, it is very close to the waterline. However, when the warden picks the flower up, he has plenty of room to sit on dry sand.See more »
Quotes:
John Anglin:Hey, how's it going, Frank?
Frank Morris:Well, the Anglins. What are you guys doing, just dropping by?
Clarence Anglin:Yeah, thought we'd pay you a visit.
Frank Morris:Gonna stay long?
John Anglin:Nah, not long. Only about fifteen or twenty years.
Frank Morris:Why the Rock?
Clarence Anglin:We were going over the wall in Atlanta when we encountered a minor problem.
Frank Morris:Such as?
Clarence Anglin:They saw us.
Frank Morris:Yeah, that do present problems.
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Soundtrack:
D Block BluesSee more »

FAQ

Could they have survived?
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35 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Great movie... but go on the tour first...., 28 January 2006
Author: hermes9264 from United States

I first went on the evening tour of Alcatraz Island which I'd highly recommend, the prison was cast in a dark gloom which seemed appropriate as we walked around the jail cells and listened to many interesting facts on the audio tour, walked the grounds, and heard about the escape depicted in the move. Naturally, I had to go see this movie...

Watching the movie, I was very impressed with how accurate the movie mirrored what my sense of prison life and the escape would be like based on my impressions of the prison and the island during the tour. Having had walked around the space of the prison in the dim evening light really enhanced my sense of the movie's environment.

Small details like the painting of black shadows for sharp tools that they shared in the tour were also present in the movie, very authentic. The lack of action per se perfectly captures the actual mood of the prison, where boredom reigned, and I thought the film balanced this well with an entertaining cast of characters and well-timed action. Eastwood's silently intense attitude was a good fit for the role and the drama and atmosphere of the escape scene was done perfectly.

In short, I'd highly recommend the evening tour on Alcatraz, followed by a viewing of "Escape from Alcatraz", you will not be disappointed.

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