In May of 1946, Alcatraz inmate Bernie Coy initiates a carefully thought out plan to escape the island prison. His plan, carried out with five accomplices, falls apart when they can't obtain a key to unlock a door leading to the yard.
They said it couldn't be done . . .
Did You Know?
The character of Dan Durando is the only one of the escapees that is fictional. The actual sixth member was Clarence Carnes
, a Native American who was spared execution because he refused to kill the captured prison guards as ordered, although he was given an additional life term. See more
The gun battle between Guards and inmates actually took place in the D Block side of the prison, when armed officers attempted to take control of the West Gun Gallery. According to written accounts, Guard Harold Stites was fatally hit in the back by a bullet fired from outside through a D Block window. See more
Warden. We've got three officers down in the towers! Wounded!
Warden James Johnston
Kick on the sirens!