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Escape from Alcatraz


Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau


Don Siegel (Director), Richard Tuggle (Screenplay) View All

Released: June 22nd, 1979
Runtime: 1 hour, 51 minutes
Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once - by three men never heard of again.

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In a film like this, the prison itself becomes a tangible setting, but allowing the characters themselves to convey themselves to the audience is also essential.
So seeing all the little details - the soldering of a digging implement, the raincoat raft, the paper mache heads etc.
Seeing how it all transpired (based on the director's view) is very interesting. There are a few slow points throughout, but if anything, they show you just how isolated you were from anything and everything if you were serving time on the rock.