Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.
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The true story of three inmates who attempt a daring escape from the infamous prison, Alcatraz Island. Although no-one had managed to escape before, bank robber Frank Morris masterminded this elaborately detailed and, as far as anyone knows, ultimately successful, escape. In 29 years, this seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once by three inmates never heard of again.Written by
Less than one year after the real-life events that are depicted in the film, the prison was shut down. The escape occurred on June 11, 1962, and the prison closed on March 21, 1963. Because the penitentiary cost much more to operate than other prisons (nearly ten dollars per prisoner per day, as opposed to three dollars per prisoner per day at Atlanta), and half a century of salt water saturation had severely eroded the buildings, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy ordered the penitentiary closed on March 21, 1963. See more »
When Doc is painting in the prison yard, the spots of wet paint on the left-hand side of the canvas change. Doc and Frank are having a conversation - the shots showing Frank speaking do not show the canvas for the most part, while the ones that show Doc speaking do. The wet spots increase and decrease in size and number every time the canvas is shown. See more »
Plot In A Paragraph: The true story of Frank Morris (Eastwood) a cunning bank robber who was sent to Alcatraz Island, the most feared prison in the world. Although nobody had ever escaped from Alcatraz, Frank masterminded this elaborately detailed and, as far as anyone knows, ultimately successful, escape. In 29 years, this seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once by three inmates never heard of again.
Rounding out the decade that saw him jump back in the saddle again, make Harry Callahan a household name, hang out with an Orangutan, steal Nazi gold and run The Gauntlet, Eastwood ended the decade back with Don Siegel in their final movie together. It's a shame a silly ego fuelled rift ruined a great working relationship. They made up of course, but they never worked together again.
One of my favourite non franchise Clint Eastwood movies Escape From Alcatraz is brilliant. It's well directed, has a tight, tense script and is well acted!! It's just simply masterful storytelling. If there is one criticism of the movie, it's that it's ending is a little anti climactic. But there's so much that's so good in the film, in the performances, the characters, the minutely observed details of prison life, the timing of events leading up to the escape that it's hard to pick faults with such a well done movie.
Escape From Alcatraz grossed $43 million at the domestic box office to end the year as the 15th highest grossing movie of 1979.
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