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Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Drama | Crime  -  5 November 1980 (USA)
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Somewhat fact-based story of the lives and attempted 1962 escape of several inmates in the famous correctional facility. Young inmate Clarence Carnes masterminds a grand escape involving ... See full summary »

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Clarence Carnes
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Jughead Miller
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Cretzer
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Clarence's Father
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Bernard Coy
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Sam Shockley
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Hubbard
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Walt Stomer
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Frank Morris
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Ray Neal
Louis Giambalvo ...
Clarence Anglin
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Dankworth
Paul Mantee ...
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Somewhat fact-based story of the lives and attempted 1962 escape of several inmates in the famous correctional facility. Young inmate Clarence Carnes masterminds a grand escape involving several inmates who have nothing to lose, serving life sentences. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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inmate | escape | spanking | alcatraz | robbery | See more »

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At 18, Carnes is the youngest man to be sent to The Rock, yet he vows he'll create the ultimate escape plan -- or die trying! See more »

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Action | Drama | Crime

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5 November 1980 (USA)  »

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Alcatraz and Clarence Carnes  »

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Trivia

The real Clarence Carnes worked as a consultant on this project. See more »

Goofs

When Carnes arrives at Alcatraz in 1945, there's an establishing shot of the island from the prison launch. You can clearly see that the warden's mansion is a burned out shell. (This happened in the Occupation of Alcatraz by American Indians from 1969-1971.) In 1945, the warden's mansion was intact and being used. See more »

Quotes

Clarence Carnes: [Runs past Stroud's cell and sees him standing passively, when the doors to D-Block's cells are opened during the 1946 escape attempt. He runs back] Come on! You're free!
Robert Stroud: [calmly] I'm not going anywhere.
Clarence Carnes: Come on man, let's go!
Robert Stroud: Guys like them boys do things the hard way, don't they?
[sits down on his bunk and picks up the book he'd been reading before the commotion began]
Robert Stroud: They'll be dead before sundown; and a lot of other poor, ignorant fools with them. Maybe you too, son.
Clarence Carnes: But... You're in this ...
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Let's make heroes of rapists and killers
12 November 2003 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

This movie as well as some of the well meaning comments about it have to make one wonder.

Most prison movies focus on the prisoners and more often than not make them the heroes. Of course guards are shown as being brutal. If more people knew who was being kept in prisons, they would send thank you notes weekly to correctional officers for keeping the bad guys and gals locked up and society safer.

Of course we have to forget the fact that the people in prison are there for raping kids, killing old folks, committing fraud and taking the life savings of someone, thieves who take a family's hard earned possessions, and on and on.

No, we forget that and have actors in this movie talking about escape as being part of a noble goal to shut down an inhumane prison.

I thought the acting was rather poor, the direction phony, and the piggybacking on to a real event with a totally unproven conclusion false.


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