Alcatraz (2012)
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Years ago when the most dangerous prisoners of Alcatraz mysteriously disappeared, they resurface in the present day as part of a larger conspiracy, leaving a police detective, an expert on Alcatraz and an FBI agent to track them down.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Warden Edwin James (credit only)
Old Alan Sylvane, Sr.


Fifty years ago, Alcatraz prison was closed, all inmates officially shifted to a more modern facility. In fact jailer Emerson Hauser was among those who witnessed dozens of hardened criminals disappearing mysteriously at once. He joined the FBI and heads a secret division to hunt them down now. The first target is Jack Sylvane, dubiously convicted and mistreated, who now exacts bloody revenge on long-retired deputy warden E.B. Tiller. The affair allows recruiting Alcatraz-obsessed genius Dr. Diego Soto and San Fancisco PD detective Rebecca Madsen, who seems somehow destined. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

16 January 2012 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


During the opening scene, as the two guards are walking up to Alcatraz, you can see the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge lit up in the background. Lights weren't added to the suspension cables until 1986. See more »


Emerson Hauser: Run along and play now.
Rebecca Madsen: Thanks for being a dick about it.
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References Pac-Man (1982) See more »


Alacatraz End Credits Theme
Composed by J.J. Abrams
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Pretty Good Out of the Gates
24 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Pilot of most series, exceeds Production. I've been watching it, this is not true for this show, Production Value is high for each episode so far.

The Pilot Ep asks a lot of questions, how in blazes did these guys get to 2012 from 1963? Why are they following some kind of Agenda. What IS the Agenda.

Although Abrams has his name on the Credits, this project is one of his many Collaborations. But there still is the quality Storytelling here, same as Fringe.

What ultimately keeps people watching week after week, especially in Soap Operas, is that they are made to Care about the Principle Characters. Well, after seeing this Pilot ep- I CARE about these people. I like them and I care about them, even though Sam Neill is a Jerky.

Although I still like Fringe about 500 times more than this show, I will watch this show rather than TerraNova or other Bilge. It's a good collaboration, a good idea for a story, and has high potential.

Plus I love that they are using some of my favourite Character Actors that I last saw on Episodes of Fringe. Ergo, "Alca-Fringe" as I said in my review of the overall series.

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