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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

Scriptwriter Richard Tuggle spent six months researching and writing the movie's script. Tuggle went to the Writers Guild and got a list of literary agents who would accept unsolicited manuscripts, but got knocked back. Tuggle then got in contact with Don Siegel's agent, allegedly telling him he had met him at a party, and was interested in it. Siegel read it and referred it to Eastwood. Publicity for this picture reported that the purchasing of this movie's screenplay was one of the fastest deals ever made for a first film script. Tuggle later went onto direct the Clint Eastwood movie Tightrope (1984). See more »

Goofs

In his opening monologue, the warden mentions his predecessors, including a previous warden named Johnson. He's presumably referring to James A. Johnston (note the T in his last name, which the warden does not pronounce), who was the first warden of Alcatraz, presiding over its opening in 1934 and retiring in 1948. See more »

Quotes

Wolf: I'm lookin' for a new punk!
Frank Morris: Good luck.
Wolf: You don't understand. I just found her!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Soundtracks

D Block Blues
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Interesting and underrated.
10 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Some people complain that this movie is "boring." It's true it is very quiet and low-key, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It has a distinct realistic feel to it, and it manages to be extremely suspenseful without using over-the-top action or an overblown soundtrack. There were several moments that actually had me on the edge of my seat.

Fans of Eastwood and McGoohan, who both give fantastic performances, should love this. Fans of prison movies should love this. Fans of suspense movies in general should love this. It is a top-notch movie with good performances all around, and I'd highly recommend it.

10/10 stars. Pure, solid entertainment.


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