Switching between eras, Alcatraz focuses on the Alcatraz prison, which was shut down in 1963 due to unsafe conditions for its prisoners and guards. The show's premise is that both the prisoners and the guards disappeared in 1963 and have abruptly reappeared in modern-day San Francisco, where they are being tracked down by a government agency.
On March 21st, 1963, Alcatraz officially closed. All the prisoners were transferred off the island. Only, that's not what happened... not at all.
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Did You Know?
Even though the show is set in San Francisco, and some of the pilot was filmed in the city and on Alcatraz itself, the producers of the show opted to film the rest in Vancouver, mainly because of the much more attractive production rebates than California and the city of San Francisco could offer, much to the chagrin of the San Francisco film industry. See more
plays the elder Hauser. He is 5 foot 11 inches tall. Greyston Holt
plays the younger Hauser and is noticeably taller in scenes with Parminder Nagra
since he is 6 feet 2 inches tall. Likewise, the old and young Ray actors have a noticeable height difference. The older Ray played by Robert Forster
is 5 feet 9 inches tall, while the younger Ray played by Robbie Amell
is 6 feet tall. See more