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Escape from Alcatraz


Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau View All


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

Release: Jun. 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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There's also a great deal of acting ability, with Eastwood turning in one of his best performances ever as high-IQ prison escapee Frank Morris, and Patrick McGoohan performing well as the malicious prison warden.
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..
The actual escape is depicted with a similar terseness, characters crawling through the crevices of the prison, ducking out of the sightlines of the guards, their navigating of the prison's architectural rendered with a real tactility.
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