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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 »
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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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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
David Duke .... musician: french horn: uncredited
June Edgerton .... music editor
Raphael Kramer .... musician: cello: uncredited
Janet Lakatos .... musician: viola: uncredited
Louise Di Tullio .... musician: flute, uncredited
Dale Anderson .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Israel Baker .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Norman Carr .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Jim Decker .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Chuck Domanico .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Dominick Fera .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Jerry Fielding .... conductor (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... music contractor (uncredited)
Ralph Grierson .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Norman Herzburg .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Boyde Hood .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Joe Howard .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Roland Kato .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Michael Lang .... musician: organ (uncredited)
Malcolm McNab .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Ted Nash .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Lennie Niehaus .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Dorothy Remsen .... musician: harp (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
David Riddles .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Milton Thomas .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Lloyd Ulyate .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Ian Underwood .... musician: synthesizer (uncredited)
Ruth Underwood .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Mark Zimoski .... musician: percussion (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 fifth and final collaboration of actor Clint Eastwood and director Don Siegel.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Coast Guard cutter searching for escapees has a red diagonal stripe painted on the hull near the bow. This stripe was not adopted by the Coast Guard until 1967.See more »
Quotes:
Frank Morris:Tell me, you stopped killing white people?
English:Why?
Frank Morris:Well, next time I wouldn't turn my back on ya.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Psych: 9 Lives (#1.5)" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
D Block BluesSee more »

FAQ

Could they have survived?
Why did the warden remove Doc's painting privileges? He seemed flattered by the painting when he saw it.
Did Stephen King rip-off Escape from Alcatraz with Shawshank Redemption?
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108 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
Eastwood gives his best screen acting to date..., 15 June 2003

In the 29 years of Alcatraz's existence, and despite the strict measures, 39 captives tried to escape from America's premier maximum-security prison during its existence... Thirty six of whom failed... This script is about the other three, of whom nothing is known... They may have drowned in San Francisco Bay, or they may have got away...

Morris (Clint Eastwood) was a loner, a rebel against society, the perfect hero that Siegel loves... Lee Marvin in 'The Killers', Steve McQueen in 'Hell is for Heroes', and Richard Widmark in 'Madigan' were all similar types in films which he had directed..

In 'Escape From Alcatraz,' Eastwood gives his best screen acting to date... It is a charismatic performance that is so idiosyncratic, persuasive, and powerful... Eastwood, gave Morris the rough, intelligent aspect that is immediately palpable...

The first few minutes of the film consist of Morris being brought by boat to Alcatraz, inspected by a doctor and thrown into a cell... Throughout this, Eastwood does not speak... But already the audience feels it... They know the character... He has been through this before... He tries to control his mind... He builds a barrier between himself and his surroundings... He holds back his fear but he's not so foolish as to appear brave... Behind his impassivity, his mind is calculating... He is studying everyone... Everyone knows, prison guards and fellow prisoners alike, that this is not a man to be intimidated with easily...

But Siegel wasn't making a film about penal cruelty or miscarriage of justice or anything like that... He was presenting a meditative study of the inflexibility of human spirit, with a star strong enough in himself to join one sequence to the next... Both Siegel and Eastwood are known for violence, but there's relatively little of it this time...

This is not to say that Siegel has no interest in character... Stereotype characters, such as Doc and Litmus, make the film more entertaining... A further example is the inevitable homosexual Wolf (Bruce M. Fisher), who points out that Morris is a potential victim but realizes he has met his match when he approaches him in the showers one morning and gets three unexpected blows in the groin and a bar of soap in the mouth for his harassment... Another familiar type of character is English (Paul Benjamin), the leader of the Black mafia, who sits in the yard far away from the white inmates... English proves to be a nice guy..

But the biggest stereotype of them all is the cold warden, although Patrick McGoohan tries as hard as he can to provide Morris with some individual personality... Apart from the flower-crushing and constant attention to his nails, he is permitted by the scriptwriter merely to recite phrases that might have come from the prison handbook: 'No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz alive. Alcatraz was built to keep all the rotten eggs in one basket. I was specially chosen to make sure the stink from that basket doesn't escape.'

But two elements in the film are absolutely real: one is the central character, which will be considered in a moment, and the other is 'The Rock' itself...

Siegel's overwhelming achievement is to send the audience to infamous prison for two hours... The claustrophobia, the implicit suppression of any joy, the barbarity of being caged in isolation cells, all these suffocating atrocities come across with such reality that one experiences a total sense of relief when the camera moves into the recreation yard for the clear bright light of every early morning... Siegel's technique in this respect is unique...

Siegel's film style seems almost a cinematic interpretation of Eastwood screen persona: lean, clean, and harsh... Here is one example: When the incorrigible psychopath is out to finish Eastwood, his one chance is in the exercise yard... When he enters the yard, he is in need for a weapon... He has none! He slowly advances into the yard toward his victim... The camera goes down to the man's right hand as he walks... After a moment, another man puts a knife in that hand... The camera stays on the hand as he keeps moving... After another moment, another hand reaches in and grabs the con's arm.... The whole brief sequence is loaded with surprise and suspense... It is in two words: pure cinema...

Siegel's movie follows the known facts of the escape constantly, permitting itself only one act of poetic license at the very end... Throughout the film, Siegel uses a yellow chrysanthemum as a symbol of 'heart', to indicate that although the brutal system may have removed everything from the inmates save the questionable privilege of remaining alive, in some men at least their spirit survives...

'Doc', an elderly inmate who has spent twenty years there but who is permitted to paint and cultivate chrysanthemums, introduces the concept...

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