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Escape from Alcatraz

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No one can escape from Alcatraz, right? Try telling that to lifer Frank Morris Clint Eastwood. This Donald Siegel-directed nailbiter is a reenactment of Frank Morris' 1962 attempt to bust himself and two other cons out of The Rock. Eastwood, as Morris, tilts with nasty warden Patrick McGoohan for a while, befriends several fellow prisoners, and picks the guys with whom he'll make his escape. Among his break-out buddies are the Anglin Brothers Fred Ward and Jack Thibeau, with whom he'd served in other lockups, and...
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Overview

No one can escape from Alcatraz, right? Try telling that to lifer Frank Morris Clint Eastwood. This Donald Siegel-directed nailbiter is a reenactment of Frank Morris' 1962 attempt to bust himself and two other cons out of The Rock. Eastwood, as Morris, tilts with nasty warden Patrick McGoohan for a while, befriends several fellow prisoners, and picks the guys with whom he'll make his escape. Among his break-out buddies are the Anglin Brothers Fred Ward and Jack Thibeau, with whom he'd served in other lockups, and several others who've got their own special reasons to despise the sadistic McGoohan. Filmed on location at the newly renovated Alcatraz, Escape From Alcatraz was another box-office winner for the Eastwood/Siegel combo.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
The script for this prison-escape picture is as lean and expressive as the scowl on Clint Eastwood's rough-hewn, familiar face. Each scene gives us either who, what, when, where, why, or how; the emphasis is on the how, though, for everything else flows from that. The early scenes and central relationships establish the brutality and caprice with which The Rock is managed, but really, the motivation for Frank Morris' escape is built in. No over-the-top soliloquies concerning the beauty of freedom are necessary, and the film quickly gets down to the business of delineating Morris' brilliant plan. Producer/director Don Siegel, screenwriter Richard Tuggle, and cinematographer Bruce Surtees depict the step-by-step sequence of events with pins-and-needles suspense and flatly realistic atmosphere. Afterwards, the film doesn't waste too much time relishing as the warden (Patrick McGoohan) eats crow. Escape From Alcatraz was one of Siegel's final efforts; Tuggle would go on to direct Eastwood and Genevieve Bujold in 1984's dark, kinky cop flick Tightrope.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929304226
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,076

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Frank Morris
Patrick McGoohan Warden
Roberts Blossom Doc
Jack Thibeau Clarence Anglin
Fred Ward John Anglin
Paul Benjamin English
Larry Hankin Charley Butts
Bruce M. Fischer Wolf
Frank Ronzio Litmus
Bob Balhat-Chet Medical Assistant
Eugene W. Jackson Prisoner
Joseph Knowland Guard
Don Siegel Doctor
Gilbert Thomas Prisoner
Gary F. Warren Guard
Glenn Wright Prisoner
Matthew Locricchio Exam Guard
Fred Stuthman Johnson
David Cryer Wagner
Madison Arnold Zimmerman
Blair Burrows Fight Guard
Don Michaelian Beck
Ray K. Goman Cellblock Captain
Jason Ronard Bobs
Ed Vasgersian Cranston
Ron Vernan Stone
Hank Brandt Associate Warden
Stephen Bradley Exam Guard
Garry Goodrow Weston
Al Dunlap Visitors' Guard
Denis Berkfeldt Guard
Jim Haynie Guard
Tony Dario Guard
Fritz Manes Guard
Dana Derfus Guard
Don Cummins Guard
Gordon Handforth Guard
John Scanlon Guard
Don Watters Guard
Dan Leegant Guard
James Collier Guard
R.J. Ganzert Guard
Robert Hirschfeld Guard
Lloyd Nelson Guard
George Orrison Guard
Joe Whipp Guard
Terry Wills Guard
John Garabedian Guard
Dale Alvarez Inmate
Sheldon Feldner Inmate
Danny Glover Inmate
Carl Lumbly Inmate
Patrick Valentino Inmate
Technical Credits
Don Siegel Director, Producer
Luigi Alfano Asst. Director
Bob Bergdahl Camera Operator
Robert Daley Executive Producer
Marion Dougherty Casting
Jerry Fielding Score Composer
Chuck Gaspar Special Effects
Bert Hallberg Sound/Sound Designer
Fritz Manes Associate Producer
Ed McDonald Set Decoration/Design
Joe McKinney Makeup
Rick Neff Camera Operator
Wallis Nicita Casting
Allen Smith Production Designer
Bruce Surtees Cinematographer
Gilbert Thomas Songwriter
Richard Tuggle Screenwriter
Ferris Webster Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. "Welcome To Alcatraz" [:12]
2. Litmus [4:31]
3. The Warden [3:30]
4. Wolf [4:17]
5. Library "Boy" [4:41]
6. King Of The Mountian [1:53]
7. D Block [:17]
8. Charlie Butts [4:13]
9. Painting Privileges [3:24]
10. A Way Out [:51]
11. Tools Of The Trade [6:45]
12. Sound Sleeper [:44]
13. Local Hardware [2:05]
14. Shakedown [5:05]
15. Return of Wolf [5:13]
16. Moving Day [2:40]
17. Search Party [7:30]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good Clint Eastwood Movie

    We just took our family to Alcatraz and so this movie was fun to watch. Seeing how they live on "the rock" was interesting. It is a good action movie and keeps you into it the whole time. Clint Eastwood is wonderful. This is a movie people should watch because Alcatraz is part of our history. It is one of San Francisco's busiest tour areas.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great movie must watch.

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