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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

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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(as Donald Siegel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Morris
... Warden
... Chester 'Doc' Dalton
Jack Thibeau ... Clarence Anglin
... John Anglin
... English
... Charley Butts
... Wolf
... Litmus
... Johnson
David Cryer ... Wagner
Madison Arnold ... Zimmerman
Blair Burrows ... Fight Guard
Bob Balhatchet ... Medical Technical Assistant
Matthew Locricchio ... Exam Guard (as Matthew J. Locricchio)
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Storyline

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 Niz

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No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will!


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Release Date:

22 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flucht von Alcatraz  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,306,354, 24 June 1979, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Don Siegel in his biography, the shooting crew had some problems with the members of the Parks and Recreation commission, which ruled Alcatraz, and which was mostly composed by women. They argued about the fact that there were tourists every half hour, and so shooting was impossible. But, according to Siegel, only Clint Eastwood's charm with females, made the shooting possible. But the shooting crew eventually recognized, that the tourists presence was a real issue for shooting, they even spoke loudly during the shooting sequences, because of Eastwood's presence. Eastwood, who promised the tourists that he would speak with them, and sign autographs after takes. See more »

Goofs

In his opening monologue, Warden Madigan mentions his Predecessor's Johnston and Blackwell, when in fact he should have said, "Johnston and Swope". This film was set in 1960 and Olin G. Blackwell did not take over as warden until 1961. See more »

Quotes

Prison Guard: Welcome to Alcatraz.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: JANUARY 18, 1960 SAN FRANCISCO See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Science: Escapes (2003) See more »

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D Block Blues
by Gilbert Thomas Jr.
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Rock hard
2 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Alcatraz was America's toughest high-security prison, and has been much beloved by film-makers since it closed and became available as a set. Don Siegel's film is based on the true story of an attempted escape. Some aspects are clichéd (the psychopathic homosexual, for example) and by concentrating on the brutality of the regime the film gets you on the side of the escapees at the price of suggesting that prison break-outs are actually a good thing. But in general, this is a successful film that has aged well, with no sickly sentiment or overdone melodrama; by concentrating on the unadorned details of the story, the film allows each one to count. A strong, uncompromising movie, gripping even if you know the ending before it starts.


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