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Ernest Tidyman (teleplay)
Clarence Carnes (based on a story by) ...
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Release Date:
5 November 1980 (USA) See more »
Alcatraz Was Escape-Proof ... Until Now! See more »
Somewhat fact-based story of the lives and attempted 1962 escape of several inmates in the famous correctional facility... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Beck ... Clarence Carnes

Art Carney ... Robert Stroud

Alex Karras ... Jughead Miller

Telly Savalas ... Cretzer

Will Sampson ... Clarence's Father

Ronny Cox ... Bernard Coy

Richard Lynch ... Sam Shockley

Robert Davi ... Hubbard

John Amos ... Bumpy Johnson

James MacArthur ... Walt Stomer

Ed Lauter ... Frank Morris

Joe Pantoliano ... Ray Neal

Louis Giambalvo ... Clarence Anglin

Jeffrey Tambor ... Dankworth

Paul Mantee ... Ordway

Charles Aidman ... Warden Johnson
Jack Rader ... Weinhold

Walter Mathews ... Corwin

Spencer Milligan ... Fred Haskell

Sidney Clute ... Miller
Redmond Gleeson ... Jackson
Bradford English ... Thompkins
Antony Ponzini ... John Anglin

Paul Picerni ... Lt. Lagason
Burt Marshall ... Guard

Lois Red Elk ... Clarence's Mother (as Lois Red-Elk)
Arthur Taxier ... Connelly
David Boyle ... Guard

G.W. Bailey ... Holfeld
Sandy Ward ... McIntire
Stack Pierce ... Presser
Tom Lupo ... Dunslay
Roger Hackett ... Male Nurse
Ken Letner ... Armory Lieutenant
Tom O'Neill ... Guard
Al Cingolani ... Carroll

Robert F. Hoy ... Myron Thompson (as Bob Hoy)

Peter Coyote ... Courtney Taylor
John Waggoner ... Alphie
Wiley Marker ... Judge Goodman
John Chappell ... Sheriff's Deputy

Peter Jason ... Lt. Micklin

Hoke Howell ... Store Owner
Jocko Marcellino ... Prisoner
Roger Hampton ... Hampton
James Harrison ... Dumpy
Jim Steck ... Guard Crayden
Pat Valentino ... Colman
W.T. Zacha ... Baggett
David De Lange ... Lt. Stenfield

Francis X. McCarthy ... Lt. Holmby (as Frank McCarthy)
James Jeter ... Guard Fairgate
Angelo Grisanti ... Convict (as Angelo Grisante)

Jim Haynie ... Salkin
Nick Eldredge ... Larwin
Johnny Weissmuller Jr. ... Felish
Robert Elross ... Vernon (as Robert El Ross)

Directed by
Paul Krasny 
Writing credits
Ernest Tidyman (teleplay)

Clarence Carnes (based on a story by) &
Don DeNevi (based on a story by)

Produced by
James H. Brown .... producer
Pierre Cossette .... executive producer
Ernest Tidyman .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jerrold Immel 
Cinematography by
Robert B. Hauser 
Film Editing by
Les Green 
Donald R. Rode 
Casting by
Toni Howard 
Nancy Klopper 
Production Design by
William L. Campbell 
Set Decoration by
Charles Graffeo 
Makeup Department
Greg LaCava .... makeup artist
John Norin .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mark Massari .... executive in charge of production (as Mark E. Massari)
Steve Nicolaides .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevin A. Finnegan .... second assistant director
Leonard R. Garner Jr. .... second assistant director (as Lenny Garner)
Bob Jeffords .... assistant director (as Robert Jeffords)
Richard Epper .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael J. Jacobs .... special unit photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mitchell Ray Kenney .... costume assistant
Michael Lynn .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Mary Prange .... assistant editor
Henry Te .... assistant editor
Other crew
Elizabeth Galloway .... production coordinator
Judy Redlin .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

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196 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The film does not show that Carnes, after escaping from the Granite Reformatory in Oklahoma, carjacked a passing driver and forced the driver to take him across the state line. That resulted in federal charges of kidnapping and crossing state lines to flee prosecution. That was the reason he was sent into the federal prison system; which resulted in him being sent first to USP Leavenworth and then to USP Alcatraz.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
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 cell for life.
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The best Alcatraz movie ever made, 3 April 2001
Author: jsngallery from MA

This is my favorite Alcatraz movie of all time and I've seen them all! Too bad it is only made for TV and you can't buy it in stores. This is the real deal. Nice and long and involved. This movie tells the whole story of Alcatraz. Luckily I have a copy on VHS.

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