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The Magic of David Copperfield IX: The Escape from Alcatraz (1987)

This is the 9th CBS Copperfield TV special, introduced by the host Ann Jillian after a short presentation by David Copperfield himself from the Alcatraz prison's beacon. It is the first one... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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This is the 9th CBS Copperfield TV special, introduced by the host Ann Jillian after a short presentation by David Copperfield himself from the Alcatraz prison's beacon. It is the first one to include officially in the title the name of the last illusion, that is "Escape From Alcatraz". Copperfield has chosen just this prison because of its reputation: Alcatraz, nicknamed "The Rock" or also "The Bastion", was opened on August 11th, 1934, as a maximum security federal prison, and has operated for 29 years, until the close of March 21th, 1963, caused by the high costs of maintenance and use. Then, in 1972, it was reopened as a tourist attraction. However, its reputation mainly comes from two reasons: it has held some of the most notorious criminals in American history, as Al Capone or George Kelly, and of the 14 escape attempts only the one of June 11th, 1962, has still not evidence of failure, after decades of FBI investigation. And Copperfield is the only illusionist that has ... Written by Lorenz-pictures

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13 March 1987 (USA)  »

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The "Dream Vision" illusion makes a really wide use of the original motion pictures score composed and conducted by Bruce Rowland for The Man from Snowy River (1982). See more »

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Edited into Sei un fenomeno: Episode #1.5 (1991) See more »

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Performed by Aretha Franklin
Written by Aretha Franklin and Teddy White
Produced by Jerry Wexler
Released on June 14th, 1968, as first song of the album "Aretha Now"
(Used to introduce "Duck-O-Matic" and for "Reverse Duck/Kid-O-Matic")
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