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Six Against the Rock (1987)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | TV Movie 18 May 1987
In May of 1946, Alcatraz inmate Bernie Coy initiates a carefully thought out plan to escape the island prison. His plan, carried out with five accomplices, falls apart when they can't obtain a key to unlock a door leading to the yard.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

John Gay (teleplay), Clark Howard (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Bernard 'Bernie' Paul Coy
Richard Dysart ... Warden James Johnston
Dennis Farina ... Robert Stroud
Charles Haid ... Sam Shockley
Howard Hesseman ... Joseph 'Dutch' Cretzer
David Morse ... Marvin Hubbard
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Miran 'Buddy' Thompson
Paul Sanchez Paul Sanchez ... Dan Durando
John Mahon ... Officer Bill Miller
J.P. Bumstead J.P. Bumstead ... Officer Corwin
Tom Reese ... Capt. Weinhold
Ian Patrick Williams ... Lt. Bergen
Lee Anthony Lee Anthony ... Lt. Simpson
Scanlon Gail ... Officer Baker
Eric Server ... Officer Lageson
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Storyline

In May of 1946, Alcatraz inmate Bernie Coy initiates a carefully thought out plan to escape the island prison. His plan, carried out with five accomplices, falls apart when they can't obtain a key to unlock a door leading to the yard.

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They said it couldn't be done . . .


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Am Rande der Hölle See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Dan Durando is the only one of the escapees that is fictional. The actual sixth member was Clarence Carnes, a Native American who was spared execution because he refused to kill the captured prison guards as ordered, although he was given an additional life term. See more »

Goofs

The gun battle between Guards and inmates actually took place in the D Block side of the prison, when armed officers attempted to take control of the West Gun Gallery. According to written accounts, Guard Harold Stites was fatally hit in the back by a bullet fired from outside through a D Block window. See more »

Quotes

Bernard 'Bernie' Paul Coy: Is the car all set?
Joseph 'Dutch' Cretzer: It's waiting for us right *now* in 'Frisco. There are clothes there. There's a hideout. It's the way I operate: connections. That's the trouble with you and Hubbard! Depression bums! You never made connections! How much time have we got?
Bernard 'Bernie' Paul Coy: The prison boat docks here at two. We've got forty minutes to make it.
Joseph 'Dutch' Cretzer: Well we'd *better* make it. You know what I'm saying to you, Bernie? We'd just *better* make it.
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Realistic and intense ...............
16 February 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

When Alcatraz films are compared, "Six Against the Rock", is rarely even mentioned. That is a real shame, because it compares favorably with better known movies like "Escape From Alcatraz" and "Birdman of Alcatraz". The film is realistic and intense, having been filmed entirely on Alcatraz. The acting is totally acceptable, and except for a few brief talky parts, holds interest throughout. As the escape plan comes undone, and the situation deteriorates, the desperate plight of the escapees becomes crystal clear, and their fate sealed. I liked David Carradine's logic, and David Morse's ferocity. Jan Michael Vincent has a very minor role, as does Dennis Farina. Recommended. - MERK


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