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Six Against the Rock (1987)

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.

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Bernard 'Bernie' Paul Coy
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Warden James Johnston
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Sam Shockley
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Joseph 'Dutch' Cretzer
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Marvin Hubbard
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Miran 'Buddy' Thompson
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Dan Durando
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Officer Bill Miller
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Officer Corwin
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Capt. Weinhold
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Lt. Bergen
Lee Anthony ...
Lt. Simpson
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Officer Baker
Eric Server ...
Officer Lageson
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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.

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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 »

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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 »

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Bernard 'Bernie' Paul Coy: [delivering books to Stroud's cell in D-Block] How's the old Birdman?
Robert Stroud: Breaking even. The way I figure it, it's better than breaking out.
Bernard 'Bernie' Paul Coy: Thought you might've changed your mind.
Robert Stroud: It ain't gonna work, Bernie.
Bernard 'Bernie' Paul Coy: It'll work. It's *got* to.
Robert Stroud: "Got to" won't get you outta here.
Bernard 'Bernie' Paul Coy: It's all planned out.
Robert Stroud: Yeah. Sure it is. Now, if you could only walk on water.
Bernard 'Bernie' Paul Coy: We're taking over the boat.
Robert Stroud: I wish you luck.
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Realistic and intense ...............
16 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Alcatraz films are compared, "Six Against the Rock", is rarely even mentioned. That is a real shame, because it compares favorably with better known movies like "Escape From Alcatraz" and "Birdman of Alcatraz". The film is realistic and intense, having been filmed entirely on Alcatraz. The acting is totally acceptable, and except for a few brief talky parts, holds interest throughout. As the escape plan comes undone, and the situation deteriorates, the desperate plight of the escapees becomes crystal clear, and their fate sealed. I liked David Carradine's logic, and David Morse's ferocity. Jan Michael Vincent has a very minor role, as does Dennis Farina. Recommended. - MERK


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