America's most infamous maximum security prison Alcatraz, home to the country's most dangerous criminals, is considered to be an impenetrable fortress. A group of prisoners, led by an armed robber and a gangster, are tired of living under the thumb of the strict warden and his sadistic guards. The inmates formulate an escape plan and on the 2nd of May 1946, their fight for freedom begins as they take several guards hostage and attempt to break out of the institution. But the prisoners didn't count on the Warden's determination to maintain Alcatraz's fearsome reputation. Soon they are facing not only the Warden's officers but the might of a military team led by a tough General who believes in fighting fire with fire. This is the powerful real life story of the Battle of Alcatraz, a fight to the death that only the most brutal and cunning will survive.
North Bank Entertainment
Did You Know?
Several versions of the events of the Battle of Alcatraz have previously been depicted on film: 'Brute Force' (1947) - Starring Burt Lancaster. Although inspired by the events, this is a highly fictionalized account of an attempted prison break. It was unusual at the time for the level of violence it portrayed. 'Birdman of Alcatraz' (1962) - Again starring Burt Lancaster, this film briefly depicts a largely fictional version of the battle which, from the start, is portrayed as a full-scale riot rather than a discrete escape attempt. Robert Stroud, the "Birdman of Alcatraz", is given unwarranted credit for ending the conflict. 'Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story' (1980) - A factually based TV drama of the events incorporated into a larger narrative of the history of Alcatraz as seen through the eyes of its youngest prisoner, Clarence Carnes. 'Six Against the Rock' (1987) - Starring David Carradine as Bernard Coy, based on the semi-fictional book by Clark Howard. See more