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Escape from Alcatraz
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Movie / Biography / Crime / Drama / Thriller
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Directror :
Don Siegel
Cast :
Clint Eastwood,Patrick McGoohan,Roberts Blossom
Writer :
J. Campbell Bruce,Richard Tuggle
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1h 52min
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Escape from Alcatraz (1979) Online

The true story of three inmates who attempt a daring escape from the infamous prison, Alcatraz Island. Although no-one had managed to escape before, bank robber Frank Morris masterminded this elaborately detailed and, as far as anyone knows, ultimately successful, escape. In 29 years, this seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once by three inmates never heard of again.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood - Frank Morris
Patrick McGoohan Patrick McGoohan - Warden
Roberts Blossom Roberts Blossom - Chester 'Doc' Dalton
Jack Thibeau Jack Thibeau - Clarence Anglin
Fred Ward Fred Ward - John Anglin
Paul Benjamin Paul Benjamin - English
Larry Hankin Larry Hankin - Charley Butts
Bruce M. Fischer Bruce M. Fischer - Wolf
Frank Ronzio Frank Ronzio - Litmus
Fred Stuthman Fred Stuthman - Johnson
David Cryer David Cryer - Wagner
Madison Arnold Madison Arnold - Zimmerman
Blair Burrows Blair Burrows - Fight Guard
Bob Balhatchet Bob Balhatchet - Medical Technical Assistant
Matthew Locricchio Matthew Locricchio - Exam Guard (as Matthew J. Locricchio)

The dangerous escape down the prison wall and into the water was performed without stunt doubles. It was performed by Clint Eastwood, Fred Ward, and Jack Thibeau, the latter two were cast in the film partially due to their athletic ability. Director Don Siegel twice thought that he had lost his actors to the treacherous currents.

During filming, tourists were still allowed onto the island, and a new boatload would arrive every half-hour. They became so much of a distraction, that the majority of filming was moved to night shoots.

Less than one year after the real-life events that are depicted in the film, the prison was shut down. The escape occurred on June 11, 1962, and the prison closed on March 21, 1963. Because the penitentiary cost much more to operate than other prisons (nearly ten dollars per prisoner per day, as opposed to three dollars per prisoner per day at Atlanta), and half a century of salt water saturation had severely eroded the buildings, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy ordered the penitentiary closed on March 21, 1963.

Clint Eastwood once said of his character Frank Morris: "Morris was a reclusive type guy. He had no education, but according to prison records, he had an I.Q. of 133. He could have been a success in life if he had channeled his pursuits a little differently".

Morris' (Clint Eastwood's) disorientation after being released from solitary confinement is based on actual inmate behavior. One ex-convict, who served in Alcatraz, said of time in solitary, "You either came out a man, or something less."

Film debut of Danny Glover, as one of the prison inmates. He's the inmate that Frank first encounters when delivering books.

The Warden, who is never named during the film, at one point refers to his "predecessors, Wardens Johnston and Blackwell." Warden Blackwell was the actual warden at the time of Frank Lee Morris' escape, and this script reference was clearly done to avoid legal trouble.

Clint Eastwood agreed to play the lead role, as long as Don Siegel would operate under Eastwood's Malpaso Company. Siegel stipulated that the picture be "A Siegel Film", and went on to buy the film rights for one hundred thousand dollars. A rift then allegedly arose between long-time friends Eastwood and Siegel. The latter allowed the movie to be a Malpaso and Siegel production, but took the film to rival studio Paramount Pictures (Eastwood by this time was a regular at Warner Brothers). As such, though the rift between Eastwood and Siegel was reconciled, this movie became the fifth and final collaboration between the pair.

The character of English (played by Paul Benjamin) is based on Alcatraz prisoner Clarence Carnes. In real-life, Carnes was a dark-skinned Choctaw Indian, not a black man.

Fresh water had to be hauled in by boat to create the rain in the opening scene. Using saltwater would have damaged expensive equipment.

A 2015 History Channel documentary received photographs from the family of the Anglin brothers, allegedly taken around 1975, somewhere in South America. Their facial recognition experts confirm that the photo is authentic, confirming that at least the Anglins survived the escape. As of 2018, they are still considered at large.

Don Siegel had previously visited Alcatraz when it was still operational, in order to do research for his film Motín en el pabellón 11 (1954).

One of the most popular questions the Alcatraz Prison tour guides get since this movie shot there has been "Which one was Clint Eastwood's cell?"

Scriptwriter Richard Tuggle spent six months researching and writing the movie's script. Tuggle went to the Writers Guild and got a list of literary agents who would accept unsolicited manuscripts, but got knocked back. Tuggle then got in contact with Don Siegel's agent, allegedly telling him he had met him at a party, and was interested in it. Siegel read it and referred it to Eastwood. Publicity for this picture reported that the purchasing of this movie's screenplay was one of the fastest deals ever made for a first film script. Tuggle later went onto direct the Clint Eastwood movie En la cuerda floja (1984).

The boat bringing Morris to Alcatraz in the beginning of the movie (M/V Warden Johnston, named after the first warden of Alcatraz), was actually used to transport prisoners to and from Alcatraz, and was not a mock-up. The boat was built by prisoners in McNeil Island in Washington, for this specific purpose, and was used for much of the time Alcatraz was in service as a prison. The makers of the movie borrowed the Johnston from the Sea Scout crew, who was operating her at the time (Sea Scout Ship #145, based in Redwood City, California). Gary Warren, who is listed in the credits as a guard, was in fact the boat operator, and was also the leader of the Scout crew at the time.

This film was released sixteen years after its source book of the same name by J. Campbell Bruce was published. In 1966, Don Siegel wrote a treatment called "The Rock", which was based on this book.

Visitors to Alcatraz Island may be interested in viewing the actual cells that had been home to the real-life inmates depicted here by Clint Eastwood (Frank Lee Morris), Fred Ward (John William Anglin), and Jack Thibeau (John's brother Clarence Anglin). Their cells #138, #140 and #144 are located in B Block ("Michigan Avenue") along the bottom row. The cells used in the film, however, are located in the C Block, middle cells on the Broadway side along the bottom row.

This was not the first Clint Eastwood movie to shoot at Alcatraz, as the location had been used for Harry el ejecutor (1976).

Paramount Pictures had to spend quite a large amount of money in maintenance, re-fitting, and refurbishment costs on the prison. This totalled around half a million dollars. A great deal of expense and work was required to restore the prison to its 1963 state. Fifteen miles of cable were required to reconnect the island to the city's electricity, much of the wiring having corroded. Many of the improvements were kept intact after the film. For the shoot, water-soluble, removable, and peelable paint, and other temporary camouflages were put over paintings and graffiti painted there by Native American Indians. They had once occupied the island as a political process, and the material was of a heritage nature. After filming, the paint had to be carefully removed, so the markings could be visually recovered.

The cast and crew noted that production for this film was particularly harsh and unpleasant, due to the physical environment and shooting limitations. The weather was often rainy, windy, and severe, and the cast and crew had to endure the bitter cold, without any heat source. Also, Alcatraz's roles as a nationally-historic site and major tourist attraction required film workers to be careful not to damage the location.

According to Don Siegel in his biography, the shooting crew had some problems with the members of the Parks and Recreation commission, which ruled Alcatraz, and which was mostly composed by women. They argued about the fact that there were tourists every half hour, and so shooting was impossible. But, according to Siegel, only Clint Eastwood's charm with females, made the shooting possible. But the shooting crew eventually recognized, that the tourists presence was a real issue for shooting, they even spoke loudly during the shooting sequences, because of Eastwood's presence. Eastwood, who promised the tourists that he would speak with them, and sign autographs after takes.

The Warden's line, "Alcatraz was built to keep all the rotten eggs in one basket" resembles a line in La gran evasión (1963). Commander Von Luger similarly states, "We have, in effect, put all our rotten eggs in one basket."

Fred Ward 's first major role, after appearing in a series of small roles.

The windshield wipers on the two front windows on the boat at the beginning of the movie were installed specifically for that scene. Originally, the two front windows had bars going vertically down the center, similar to the numerous other windows surrounding the pilothouse.

This was Clint Eastwood's first film for Paramount Pictures since Paint Your Wagon (1969). He had originally stated that he would never work for the studio again, after what he considered to be an incredibly wasteful and expensive shoot on the western musical. He also said his experience on that 1969 box-office failure inspired him to set up his own production company, so as to avoid the bureaucracy and politics of the major studios.

"The Rock" is the common nickname for Alcatraz, both in real-life, and in popular culture. The term is used in this picture, and in other movies, such as La Roca (1996), where it is also the film's title.

According to Don Siegel in his biography, he insisted that the screenplay not put too much emphasis on Morris (Clint Eastwood), so that the audience may have more room to let their imaginations go.

The fifth and final collaboration of Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel.

For a number of years, it was believed that the prisoners' escape raft was never found, seemingly indicating that it had never reached its destination of Angel Island. However, a History Channel documentary presented two recently discovered FBI documents, a teletype and an internal memorandum, which state that the raft was one of the items found on Angel Island. Both documents were created in the first few days after the escape by the FBI investigating team. There were civilian boats on the opposite side of the island. The inmates could have easily reached the mainland in one of these boats.

Fred Ward ( John Anglin ) spoofed his character in Naked Gun 33 1/3 (1994) in the prison scene .

In an 2016 episode of PBS' "Secrets of the Dead" 3 Dutch scientists using tidal flow data tried to recreate the attempt. Creating handmade replicas of the raft and paddles, they tried for Horseshoe Bay, which they considered a more realistic landing site. They failed.

Fritz Manes: Clint Eastwood's regular producing partner as a prison inmate. The appearance was one of seven that Manes has made in Eastwood's movies.

Don Siegel: Uncredited, as the prison doctor.

The character of Charley Butts (played by Larry Hankin) is based on prisoner Allen West, who also participated in the 1962 escape attempt with Frank Lee Morris and the Anglin brothers. However, in real-life, West did not get cold feet and decide to stay behind (as Butts does in the film). On the night of the escape attempt, West tried to exit his cell through the hole he had dug in the ventilator grid in his cell wall, but discovered that a metal bar was blocking his way. The other three prisoners were forced to leave West behind, as they escaped the island.

As outlined in the lore of the prison, and also included in the film's script, in over twenty-nine years, there were only fourteen escape attempts from Alcatraz. Of the thirty-nine men involved, twenty-six were captured, seven were shot dead, three drowned, and three were never heard of again. This movie is based on the escape and disappearance of the latter.

The incident, in which Doc chops off several fingers with a hatchet, was based on an actual incident that took place in 1937. Inmate Rufe Persfal, maddened by what was then a policy of strict silence at all times, cut off four fingers with a hatchet, to try and get transferred off of Alcatraz.

The Mythbusters television show episode, Los cazadores de mitos: Escape from Alcatraz/Duck Quack/Stud Finder (2003), proved that the method of escape was theoretically possible. They recreated the entire escape right down to using the same materials to which the cons had access. They even used the same type of raincoats, from which the boat was made. The makeshift raft crafted and crewed by the MythBusters team, did indeed reach the shore, but at the Marin Headlands, instead of Angel Island.

It is alleged, in the actual 1962 escape, that Frank Lee Morris and the Anglin brothers were picked up by a motor launch during their swim. Coast Guard records state that a motorboat without running lights did exit the Golden Gate on the night of the escape. Also, several months after the escape, one of the guards in the Anglin brothers' cell block supposedly received a blank postcard from Brazil. However, this escape scenario is very unlikely. As shown in the film, when prisoners received visitors at Alcatraz, the prison guards were listening in on prisoner and visitor conversations, to prevent escape attempts being discussed. All prisoner mail was read and censored, before it was mailed from the prison. Therefore, it would have been next to impossible for Morris and the Anglin brothers to arrange for a launch to pick them up without the guards discovering their escape plan. A week after the 1962 escape, a sea freighter coming into San Francisco spotted a dead body floating in the Pacific Ocean, wearing an Alcatraz prison uniform. It is likely that none of the three escapees survived the attempt.

Closing credits epilogue: A massive search was conducted for Frank Morris, John and Clarence Anglin. Law enforcement agencies were certain they would find the bodies. They never did. Alcatraz was closed less than a year later.

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In the 29 years of Alcatraz's existence, and despite the strict measures, 39 captives tried to escape from America's premier maximum-security prison during its existence... Thirty six of whom failed... This script is about the other three, of whom nothing is known... They may have drowned in San Francisco Bay, or they may have got away...

Morris (Clint Eastwood) was a loner, a rebel against society, the perfect hero that Siegel loves... Lee Marvin in 'The Killers', Steve McQueen in 'Hell is for Heroes', and Richard Widmark in 'Madigan' were all similar types in films which he had directed..

In 'Escape From Alcatraz,' Eastwood gives his best screen acting to date... It is a charismatic performance that is so idiosyncratic, persuasive, and powerful... Eastwood, gave Morris the rough, intelligent aspect that is immediately palpable...

The first few minutes of the film consist of Morris being brought by boat to Alcatraz, inspected by a doctor and thrown into a cell... Throughout this, Eastwood does not speak... But already the audience feels it... They know the character... He has been through this before... He tries to control his mind... He builds a barrier between himself and his surroundings... He holds back his fear but he's not so foolish as to appear brave... Behind his impassivity, his mind is calculating... He is studying everyone... Everyone knows, prison guards and fellow prisoners alike, that this is not a man to be intimidated with easily...

But Siegel wasn't making a film about penal cruelty or miscarriage of justice or anything like that... He was presenting a meditative study of the inflexibility of human spirit, with a star strong enough in himself to join one sequence to the next... Both Siegel and Eastwood are known for violence, but there's relatively little of it this time...

This is not to say that Siegel has no interest in character... Stereotype characters, such as Doc and Litmus, make the film more entertaining... A further example is the inevitable homosexual Wolf (Bruce M. Fisher), who points out that Morris is a potential victim but realizes he has met his match when he approaches him in the showers one morning and gets three unexpected blows in the groin and a bar of soap in the mouth for his harassment... Another familiar type of character is English (Paul Benjamin), the leader of the Black mafia, who sits in the yard far away from the white inmates... English proves to be a nice guy..

But the biggest stereotype of them all is the cold warden, although Patrick McGoohan tries as hard as he can to provide Morris with some individual personality... Apart from the flower-crushing and constant attention to his nails, he is permitted by the scriptwriter merely to recite phrases that might have come from the prison handbook: 'No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz alive. Alcatraz was built to keep all the rotten eggs in one basket. I was specially chosen to make sure the stink from that basket doesn't escape.'

But two elements in the film are absolutely real: one is the central character, which will be considered in a moment, and the other is 'The Rock' itself...

Siegel's overwhelming achievement is to send the audience to infamous prison for two hours... The claustrophobia, the implicit suppression of any joy, the barbarity of being caged in isolation cells, all these suffocating atrocities come across with such reality that one experiences a total sense of relief when the camera moves into the recreation yard for the clear bright light of every early morning... Siegel's technique in this respect is unique...

Siegel's film style seems almost a cinematic interpretation of Eastwood screen persona: lean, clean, and harsh... Here is one example: When the incorrigible psychopath is out to finish Eastwood, his one chance is in the exercise yard... When he enters the yard, he is in need for a weapon... He has none! He slowly advances into the yard toward his victim... The camera goes down to the man's right hand as he walks... After a moment, another man puts a knife in that hand... The camera stays on the hand as he keeps moving... After another moment, another hand reaches in and grabs the con's arm.... The whole brief sequence is loaded with surprise and suspense... It is in two words: pure cinema...

Siegel's movie follows the known facts of the escape constantly, permitting itself only one act of poetic license at the very end... Throughout the film, Siegel uses a yellow chrysanthemum as a symbol of 'heart', to indicate that although the brutal system may have removed everything from the inmates save the questionable privilege of remaining alive, in some men at least their spirit survives...

'Doc', an elderly inmate who has spent twenty years there but who is permitted to paint and cultivate chrysanthemums, introduces the concept...


Some people complain that this movie is "boring." It's true it is very quiet and low-key, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It has a distinct realistic feel to it, and it manages to be extremely suspenseful without using over-the-top action or an overblown soundtrack. There were several moments that actually had me on the edge of my seat.

Fans of Eastwood and McGoohan, who both give fantastic performances, should love this. Fans of prison movies should love this. Fans of suspense movies in general should love this. It is a top-notch movie with good performances all around, and I'd highly recommend it.

10/10 stars. Pure, solid entertainment.


Alcatraz was America's toughest high-security prison, and has been much beloved by film-makers since it closed and became available as a set. Don Siegel's film is based on the true story of an attempted escape. Some aspects are clichéd (the psychopathic homosexual, for example) and by concentrating on the brutality of the regime the film gets you on the side of the escapees at the price of suggesting that prison break-outs are actually a good thing. But in general, this is a successful film that has aged well, with no sickly sentiment or overdone melodrama; by concentrating on the unadorned details of the story, the film allows each one to count. A strong, uncompromising movie, gripping even if you know the ending before it starts.


I first went on the evening tour of Alcatraz Island which I'd highly recommend, the prison was cast in a dark gloom which seemed appropriate as we walked around the jail cells and listened to many interesting facts on the audio tour, walked the grounds, and heard about the escape depicted in the move. Naturally, I had to go see this movie...

Watching the movie, I was very impressed with how accurate the movie mirrored what my sense of prison life and the escape would be like based on my impressions of the prison and the island during the tour. Having had walked around the space of the prison in the dim evening light really enhanced my sense of the movie's environment.

Small details like the painting of black shadows for sharp tools that they shared in the tour were also present in the movie, very authentic. The lack of action per se perfectly captures the actual mood of the prison, where boredom reigned, and I thought the film balanced this well with an entertaining cast of characters and well-timed action. Eastwood's silently intense attitude was a good fit for the role and the drama and atmosphere of the escape scene was done perfectly.

In short, I'd highly recommend the evening tour on Alcatraz, followed by a viewing of "Escape from Alcatraz", you will not be disappointed.


An excellent second half of this film elevates it overall as the Alcatraz inmates plan and then execute their escape, narrowly missing several disastrous occurrences. The suspense during those scenes is outstanding.

Clint Eastwood is good as the fairly low-key character "Frank Morris" and most of the inmates are likable guys (which was highly unlikely in real life).

For tourists of San Francisco (of which I was one about five years ago), I would recommend taking the Alcatraz tour. It's fascinating and makes this movie even more interesting once you've seen the place. I notice the people here at IMDb make the same recommendation on the title page of this film.

Much of the rest of the cast are not well-known actors but they do a fine job in here. This is one of director Don Siegel's final films. He worked with Eastwood on "Coogan's Bluff" and then "Dirty Harry."

Transfer-wise, the DVD was not that impressive, a bit too grainy for the usual standards. However, the story is always interesting and the movie is definitely recommended.


And Escape from Alcatraz is a great movie. Based on a true story, it's one of those rare films that doesn't contain endless mindless fight scenes, overt homo eroticism, impossible action scenes, cartoon like special effects that film makers seem to be overly obsessed about these days. Somebody on the board asked if they should do a re-make of the film. NO!!!! Escape from Alcatraz is excellent as it is. The film is all suspense and great acting. The prison scenes realistic. I'd been to Alcatraz before (as a tourist) and a lot of it is in ruins but the film makes it look like the prison is still intact.

I know some people may find the film dull, well that's fine. Go elsewhere and watch your cartoon action films. I'll stick with cool films like Escape from Alcatraz.


Star Clint Eastwood and director Don Siegel made some excellent films together in the '70s. Their final collaboration came in 1979 with Escape From Alcatraz, a very authentic-looking prison drama based on the true story of the only successful escape from the notorious island-prison off San Francisco. In reality, no-one can be sure that Frank Morris and the Anglin brothers DID actually get away.... there is a very real possibility that they drowned or suffered hypothermia while trying to swim to safety. But the bodies of Morris and his cronies were never recovered, so neither can anyone categorically state that they perished. As a result of this legendary escape, Alcatraz lost its reputation as an inescapable penitentiary and was closed down just over a year later.

Convicted bank robber Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood) is moved to Alcatraz after repeatedly attempting to escape from his previous jail. Here he finds himself at the mercy of a ruthless and power-hungry warden (Patrick McGoohan) whose attitude toward the prisoners is one of utter contempt. Frank also finds his new fellow inmates to be alternately hostile or hopeless. While some inmates spend their time bullying and intimidating, others wallow in despair as endless months pass them by. Among the desperate ones, Frank meets "Doc" Dalton (Roberts Blossom), a convict with a talent for painting who chops off his own fingers when the warden refuses to let him paint. Also, Frank meets the Anglin brothers - Clarence (Jack Thibeau) and John (Fred Ward) - another pair with a reputation for attempting to escape from the jails they have been in. Frank and the Anglins put into action an audacious new escape plan. Using stolen spoons they dig their way to a ventilation shaft; using mirrors they watch the corridors outside their cells for approaching guards; using makeshift mortar they hide their digging work; and using papier-mache they make lifelike heads which they place on their pillows to make it look like they are sleeping peacefully.

Escape From Alcatraz is a film of great tension and gritty authenticity. Although Morris and the Anglins are bad men doing time for their bad crimes, we are made to root for them because the warden - indeed the whole "system" - is shown to be so cruel and unforgiving. Eastwood is physically commanding in his taciturn role, while McGoohan gives a chilling performance as the warden, and Blossom elicits great sympathy as the prisoner who harbours no desire to cause trouble but is devastated when banned from doing his beloved paintings. The whole prison atmosphere - with its tedium, fear, isolation and desperation - is evoked very realistically. The escape itself is shown in a sequence of 30 minutes or so at the end of the film. It is a mark of how well made Escape From Alcatraz is that this final 30 minute stretch takes place in near-darkness and is almost wordless, yet remains completely gripping.


I guess everybody must have heard of this movie before. If not, than they must certainly have heard of the story that has served as the basis for it. This movie is the dramatization of what probably the only successful attempt was to escape from the prison island called Alcatraz. This prison was thought to be the safest ever, but as some inmates proved: there is absolutely no prison in the world you can't escape from! This is one of those classic movies that I can watch time after time and never get bored by it. I love the sense of detail and accuracy, the excellent performances by the actors, the story, the feeling that you are inside that prison as well... You know these people are criminals, but you can't help it to support them, hoping that they will make it on their way out of there, outsmarting all the guards and the prison warden.

Like I already said, this is a classic that I can watch time after time, and so I have. I've probably already seen it 5 times, perhaps even more. That's also why I'm so surprised to see that so little people have voted for this movie on this website. But it doesn't matter. I know that I loved it and that's why I give it an 8/10


Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

Plot In A Paragraph: The true story of Frank Morris (Eastwood) a cunning bank robber who was sent to Alcatraz Island, the most feared prison in the world. Although nobody had ever escaped from Alcatraz, Frank masterminded this elaborately detailed and, as far as anyone knows, ultimately successful, escape. In 29 years, this seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once by three inmates never heard of again.

Rounding out the decade that saw him jump back in the saddle again, make Harry Callahan a household name, hang out with an Orangutan, steal Nazi gold and run The Gauntlet, Eastwood ended the decade back with Don Siegel in their final movie together. It's a shame a silly ego fuelled rift ruined a great working relationship. They made up of course, but they never worked together again.

One of my favourite non franchise Clint Eastwood movies Escape From Alcatraz is brilliant. It's well directed, has a tight, tense script and is well acted!! It's just simply masterful storytelling. If there is one criticism of the movie, it's that it's ending is a little anti climactic. But there's so much that's so good in the film, in the performances, the characters, the minutely observed details of prison life, the timing of events leading up to the escape that it's hard to pick faults with such a well done movie.

Escape From Alcatraz grossed $43 million at the domestic box office to end the year as the 15th highest grossing movie of 1979.


It's a testament to the compelling nature of the story that this film can run an hour and 52 minutes and not feel nearly that long. This is interesting and involving every step of the way, with producer & director Don Siegel treating the material in the most matter of fact way possible. There's no melodrama here, and no filler. The performances are all low key, natural, and convincing.

Clint Eastwood, in his fifth and final pairing with Siegel, is well cast as bank robber Frank Morris, who's sent to the notorious Alcatraz island prison after having busted out of other prisons. He takes his time adjusting to his new surroundings, and makes acquaintances such as Doc (Roberts Blossom) and English (Paul Benjamin), meeting up with old friends the Anglin brothers (Jack Thibeau, Fred Ward) and defending himself from trouble making bruiser Wolf (Bruce M. Fischer). He soon realizes that he can dig his way through the brittle wall of his cell and decides that he'll take his chances and try to escape.

Based on the true story of the 1962 breakout from the supposedly foolproof prison, this is simply good solid storytelling from Siegel. To make it feel more real, the use of a music score is sparing, and Jerry Fieldings' score is pretty subtle anyway. This is one film that truly holds your attention, with one riveting sequence after another. And the cast plays it very well. Patrick McGoohan is perfectly icy as the warden who does his best to break the spirit of his inmates, and who clearly relishes exercising his power. Blossom is so good as easygoing convict Doc that you miss him when he's written out of the picture. Benjamin has a quietly powerful presence impressive enough to match Clints'. Thibeau and Ward are engaging as is comedic actor Larry Hankin in one of his rare straight parts as hard luck inmate Charley Butts.

Quite atmospheric throughout, with a wonderfully suspenseful climactic breakout, the film ends on a memorably ambiguous note. Did in fact Frank and the Anglins make it, or perish in their escape attempt? The truth of the matter is that they were never heard from again, and it's up to us to come up with the conclusion.

A superb effort overall.

10 out of 10.


Alcatraz: the escape proof prison located on an island in San Francisco Bay. During its 29 years as a U.S Federal Prison there were over a dozen escape attempts which failed. Yet one attempt in 1962 might just have succeeded in breaking three of its inmates out. That attempt is the focus of the 1979 film Escape From Alcatraz, a superb example of how to bring a real-life story to the screen.

The cast is stellar but low key throughout. Clint Eastwood plays the ringleader of the escape, Frank Morris. Eastwood portrays Morris as being a low key, intelligent and yet charismatic individual who uses both his brain and personality in the lead up to the escape. His nemesis is the cold, ruthless and at times even vindictive prison warden played by Patrick McGoohan in a role that seems tailor made for him even if he only pops up in the film every so often but does so to great effect. Appearing about mid-way through the film to aid in the escape are the Anglin twins who are the played with charm and charisma by Fred Ward and Jack Thibeau. Along the way we meet some of Alcatraz's other prisoners including Paul Benjamin as English, Roberts Blossom as the painter Doc, Frank Ronzio as long term prisoner Litmus, Bruce M. Fischer as the appropriately named prison animal Wolf and Larry Hankin as potential escapee Charley Butts (though the name of the actual prisoner was changed for the film). The performances are all low key which adds to the atmosphere and suspense of the film immensely.

The entire film has an atmosphere of menace and suspense to it. From the moment Morris is brought to the island, director Don Siegel places the viewer into the exact same situation the character (and by extension the real prisoner) finds himself in: a world confined to a small piece of island where time passes by slowly, escape seems impossible and, thanks to fellow prisoners like Wolf, death could potentially hit you at any moment. The film was shot inside the infamous prison itself, the film therefore has a strong sense of authenticity to it that is hard to achieve in a studio set. Sequences such as Morris' time in solitary confinement in D-block or the escape attempt itself showcase this fact.

That sense of authenticity is combined with the work of those behind the camera to create the aforementioned atmosphere. The solitary confinement sequence, for example, is inter-cut by Ferris Webster to include shots of the sun rising and setting over the prison to help give the audience a sense of time that I suspect would have been a luxury to anyone who has ever experienced it. The score from Jerry Fielding is, like the rest of the film, low key to be point of barely being noticeable yet highly effective when it is used. The one thing that brings that atmosphere though is the cinematography of Bruce Surtees which gives the entire film a cold look akin to a permanently gloomy day and permanently dark nights. The result is a film that keeps you on edge the whole time, even if you know how it ends.

Which, in a way, brings us to the script. Richard Tuggle's script, based on the J. Campbell Bruce book of the same name, has the feeling of being a meticulously researched, well thought out piece of writing. The script stays very true to the known facts of the escape with only a few minor changes (such as the name of the potential fourth escapee for example). As a result this film isn't fast paced or action packed. The story builds as we see Morris settling into the prison, adjusting to it, formulate the escape plan and then work towards carrying it out. There's plenty of suspense along the way as each stage has its own risks and potential to go wrong, which keeps the viewer waiting to see what happens next. The result is that the escape attempt itself is made all the more powerful in terms of its suspense. Yet Tuggle keeps his characters at the center and keeps their characterizations firmly anchored in reality. As a result the script makes the film real and suspenseful without ever letting never letting the facts, overwhelm the people.

Escape From Alcatraz is a superb example of how to bring a true story to the screen. From its low key but effective performances to its authenticity and sense of menace, the film is highly effective both as a docudrama and as a suspense film. While those who can only stand the fast pace editing and highly stylistic films of today might find it utterly dull, others will find a fascinating true story brought to life in fine form.


If there was ever an inmate who was destined to escape from Alcatraz, it was Frank Lee Morris. In the movie entitled "Escape from Alcatraz" starring actor Clint Eastwood, Morris was accurately portrayed as the keen and brilliant mastermind of one of the most famous prison escapes in history. The escape plan took nearly seven months to design, and it would necessitate the fabrication of clever decoys and water survival gear.

F L Morris had spent a lifetime navigating the prison system before his arrival on Alcatraz. From his infant years until his teens Morris was shuffled from one foster home to another, and he was convicted of his first crime at the youthful age of only thirteen. By the time he reached his later teens, Morris' criminal record would include a multitude of crimes ranging from narcotics possession to armed robbery, and he had become a professional inhabitant of the correctional system. He spent his formative years in a boys' training school, and then graduated.

Morris was credited by prison officials as possessing superior intelligence, and he earned his ticket to Alcatraz by building an impressive resume of escapes.

Frank's accomplices in the "Great Escape" were equally well acquainted with the dark world of organized crime. Brothers John and Clarence Anglin were also serving sentences at Alcatraz for bank robbery, having been convicted along with their brother Alfred. All three had been incarcerated at the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta when they first became acquainted with Morris, and John and Clarence were eventually sent to Alcatraz following a sequence of attempted escapes.

i wud love to explain in detail but then....

After months of long preparation the inmates had completed fashioning all of the gear they needed for their escape, This what Clint had really shown his acting by the Direction of Siegel! I love the entire detail structure of the movie and wud be on my favo's...i have almost watched it more than 15times!!and Will do too...


'Escape from Alcatraz (1979)' is such a delicate, understated film that it could only be the work of a veteran. The film was Don Siegel's final collaboration with Clint Eastwood, whom he had passionately mentored since directing him in 'Coogan's Bluff (1968).' Here, Siegel recognises that adapting a true story requires some dramatic restraint, but nor does he feel tied to factual details; the film is less concerned with narrative than in evoking the mood of prison life. Indeed, the "escape" in the title doesn't take centre-stage until the film's final act, and even then Siegel resists the urge to transform it into an epic Hitchcockian set-piece (though there's certainly nothing wrong with them). The escape instead plays more closely to the wordless heist sequence in Dassin's 'Rififi (1955),' heart-stopping because it places the viewer on the scene and at the mercy of the characters' mistakes. Every clank of metal or heavy footfall inspires an instinctive flinch, despite the foreknowledge of events signalled in the film's title.

Eastwood, though rarely celebrated for his acting subtlety, always excelled at giving internalised masculine portrayals, particularly when playing laconic Western heroes like The Man With No Name. In 'Escape from Alcatraz,' as in Leone's Westerns, his character enters without much in the way of a back-story: no family, and only a vague history of previous escape attempts. This ghost-like ambiguity allows the audience to sympathise with Frank Morris' plight. Furthermore, Morris is far more intelligent than he lets on, speaking only when practical – watch closely and you'll notice that, even from his opening moments at Alcatraz, he spends most of his time unobtrusively scouring his environment for a means of escape. Only once – following Doc's (Roberts Blossom) mental breakdown at the hands of the Warden's vanity – does Morris really say what he's thinking, and he is lucky to get away with the outburst. Patrick McGoohan also delivers a similarly controlled performance. Without painting the Warden as villainous, he manages to portray the man as lonely, insecure and ultimately impotent.

'Escape from Alcatraz' borrows plenty from the prison films of previous years – among them Frankenheimer's 'Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)' and Schaffner's 'Papillon (1973)' {Siegel himself had preceded these with his own 'Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954),' which I haven't seen}. However, the film also proved influential in its own right, and Darabont's 'The Shawshank Redemption (1994)' simply could not have existed without it. Narrative cinema typically requires a reassuringly tidy conclusion, and so there's potential difficulty in telling a true story whose ending remains unknown. Siegel handles this issue with poise, concocting a curious blend of hope and uncertainty that provides just enough closure without overreaching his artistic license: A chrysanthemum flower, a symbol of human hope, flits delicately on the island shore; Jerry Fielding's score whirs eerily on the soundtrack, the credits rolling over the grotesque image of Morris' paper-mache mask – a shell of the man who once slept in that bed. Just as he entered the film as a ghost, so too does Frank Morris depart it.


Escape from Alcatraz is a 1979 film starring Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGooghan, Roberts Blossom, and Paul Benjamin.

Eastwood is Frank Morris, who, with the two Anglin brothers (their names were changed for the film) contrived the most elaborate scheme ever to escape "The Rock." Their bodies were never found, and a photo surfaced some years later of the brothers in Brazil. The escape, plus Alcatraz's bad reputation, helped it close less than a year later.

The movie gives a good idea of the horrors of prison life, and particularly the horrors of Alcatraz. Frankly, I don't think the escapees cared if they died. I'm sure anything was better than being in Alcatraz.

Escape from Alcatraz is old-fashioned in that it has the art of the buildup, something lost in today's scripts. Today you must get to the point of your story in the first ten minutes. A film, for instance, like San Francisco where the earthquake happens toward the end would be a no-no.

So we see the preparations, and they're impressive - papier mache heads with hair stolen from the barber shop to fool the guards into thinking they were asleep, digging out a grill at the back of the cell and putting a false grill up to fool the guards; welding a digging tool together with silver from a dime; the making of a raft; playing music while digging to hide the noise (though this really isn't shown). It was painstaking.

Patrick McGoohan plays the warden, who, like all film prison wardens, is a horror show. When he sees a portrait of himself in a cell, he takes away the painting privileges of one of the inmates, Doc. When he finds out two inmates are talking cell to cell, he demands that they be separated.

Actually, at the time of the escape, the warden was Olin Blackwell, considered the most lenient warden Alcatraz had ever had. And by then, inmates were performing music (shown in the film), and had weekend movies (also shown).

Clint Eastwood, heavier than we've seen him in years, does an excellent job as Frank Morris, low-key but lethal. There isn't a tremendous amount of dialogue, but with his great presence and Frank's quiet leadership, we really don't need it.

Recommended for a gritty look at life on Alcatraz, and the fascinating escape.


Just watched this classic film tonight, an understated masterpiece from beginning to end...

It's very rare to see a film that leaves you wondering, will they succeed, will they fail and so on.... Without giving away spoilers I will be buying this classic on DVD for my permanent collection!

Characters through a true story combine well, many familiar faces no doubt launching their careers through this film... For example "Mr heckles" in friends aka Charlie bunns, and the doc, in a particularly standout scene also played old man Marley in home alone 1990 amongst others.....

If you have never seen this film get it on demand!
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It's 1960 San Francisco. Bank robber Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood) has tried too many escapes and is brought to Alcatraz where no one has ever escaped from. He befriends Litmus with his mouse and becomes Wolf's enemy. English (Paul Benjamin) runs the library. It turns out that English is the top among the blacks. Charley Butts moves into the next cell. Brothers Clarence Anglin and John Anglin (Fred Ward) join Frank in Alcatraz after a failed escape.

It's a nice prison movie with all the horrors that entails and an escape scheme. It's a bit slow and lacks a truly scary opponent. The warden is nothing special. Patrick McGoohan doesn't have enough threatening presence. Wolf is too soft and goes away for much of the movie. I wish more is done with the antagonists of the movie. Nevertheless, it's a good escape movie. Clint is at the top of his game.


Interesting drama. Loosely based on an actual prison break from Alcatraz, shows in detail the plans of the prisoners to escape, and how they implement them. Also shows some of the deprivations they had to suffer, and some of the events leading up to their attempt to escape.

Good plot and direction. Build-up is good, almost painstaking. What could have been a dull join-the-dots exercise is instead a gripping story, where the conclusion isn't obvious. The human side of prison life is also well-portrayed.

Clint Eastwood is perfectly cast as the lead escapee. Tough yet scheming, and not compromising. Good support from Patrick McGoohan as the warden, Fred Ward, Jack Thibeau and Paul Benjamin.


Director Don Siegel and actor Clint Eastwood always do classy work together, and "Escape From Alcatraz" is no different.

The film simply involves Clint Eastwood being locked away in Alcatraz prison and then planning and enacting an escape, but the end result is nevertheless one of the best prison escape movies precisely because Siegel's stripped down, no nonsense, ruggedly masculine directorial style perfectly meshes with Clint's stripped down, no nonsense, ruggedly masculine acting style. It's a film in which Siegel's camera simply watches, with minimum fuss, as Clint digs through a wall and escapes a top security prison, with minimum fuss.

With the death of Peckinpah and Siegel, no one makes these manly movies today, directors now all pampered and privileged. When Siegel made a movie, you could feel the grime, sweat and testosterone.

In terms of flaws, the film rather sneakily neglects to tell us why Clint and his associates are in prison, and goes to great lengths to portray the prison warden as a villain, the end result being that we're essentially conned into wishing for the escape of bad people.

Of course most prison movies are largely existential tales. Like Paul Newman and Steve McQueen in their respective prison movies, Clint's less a criminal than an everyman who embodies our yearning for freedom, the film appealing to our desires for escape, transgression and rebellion. Thankfully, Siegel doesn't hype up these existential aspects, the director underplaying or ignoring them entirely in favour for a more dry, docudrama approach. If Clint signed up to the film in order to take his internalized, stoic acting style to new heights, then Siegel was drawn to a script filled with methodical planning. More than most, directors love when a good plan comes together.

8/10 – The film isn't as good as Siegel and Clint's best collaboration, "The Beguiled", but it's still excellent. Clint's the coolest actor since Bogart, and while this is a very simple tale, its procedural like direction, detachment and simple plot mesh perfectly with Clint's quiet scenery chewing, impressive scowling and laconic mannerisms. The film's poster was based on the famous "A Clockwork Orange" poster.

Worth one viewing.


Frank Morris was a bank robber who has escape many prisons in his time, but for his troubles his transported from Atlanta and shipped off to the rock they call Alcatraz. Where supposedly no one can escape. The maximum security prison life is jarringly miserable and hopeless. The prison warden intends to keep it that way. Morris makes some friends, but also an enemy which wants to see him dead, after turning down his proposal with brute force. Through a small glimpse of hope and luck. Morris actually discovers a possible way of escape and carefully plans it out with the aid of a couple of inmates.

You can always count on the influential pairing of Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel. No matter what. On their filth and final partnership they come up with another genuine winner in the shape of the grippingly harrowing and sedated prison yarn shaped off J. Campbell Bruce's novel (and the supposed true story) of the only three men to break out of Alcatraz. It's hard not marvel at Siegel's sturdily compact craftsmanship in depicting the dour prison life with moody realism and how the story eventually folds out into a tautly drawn up break out attempt. The build up doesn't sway off course, but sticks to its simple narrative and characteristics with effective results. There's nothing explosive and downright exciting, but there's spirit lurking under the cold looking domain that eventually comes through. Like quoted in the film the rock would either break you or inspire you to fight on. The smartly layered plot works this into the characters very successfully and despite the predictability, it stays admirably honest without the need of sensationalising the facts and ambiguous conclusion. It starts of small and stays that way to the end, even with its dominantly large situation. The well-articulated script by Richard Tuggle is scanty with a lot of quiet patches. But it when comes to the forefront it manages to be cunning, but also touching. There's nothing overwrought here and gladly it doesn't succumb to that. Pacing is quite subdued, but this helps enhances the creaky mood and sophomoric nature of Alcatraz. Drama and action is kept to a minimal. Being shot on Alcatraz help chipped out such a towering and gritty presence the film held strongly and Bruce Surtees' fixedly expressive cinematography gets amongst the shadowy, dank and gloomy interior. Jerry Fielding's poignantly lingering and uncanny music score only adds more to the nauseating air whiffed up through the presentation. Clint Eastwood plays it quite steely and lean. He fit's the role smoothly as Morris. The support roles are reliably good, even if they are stuck with generic characters. Patrick McGoohan is sinisterly fine as the warden and Robert Blossom and Frank Ronzio are delightfully moving as two elder prison inmates. Paul Benjamin, Bruce M. Fischer, Fred Ward and Larry Hankin as the edgily weak-minded Charley Butts are memorably excellent in their parts.

We've been down this path before, but this efficient offering plays it cards in a very understated manner and is to the point that I found it hard not to be fascinated by it's bitter depiction. Take the chance with this fortress.


For some just the name of this prison gives excitement. 'The Rock' as they call it was the most famous prison around in that time and still is today. This is my favorite Clint Eastwood movies and is in my top-20 of all time. It is kind of a thriller in a way. The constant chance of Morris (Eastwood) getting caught was an edge-of-your-seat kind of feeling. The fact that they actually filmed the movie on Alcatraz Island was amazing. Alot of movies have not been able to actually film in the places where they have actually taken place. If you haven't seen this one yet, I suggest you go and rent it. I got lucky enough to get it on tape a while back for 5 bucks.


The picture deals with the true story of 1962 breakout from allegedly perfect prison . The movie takes place into four walls of a jail , sewers and yard , involving the preparatives of the escape . The picture tells about the authentic experiences of convicts of a prison that is a hell on the earth , reflecting the hardship existence of the inmates . We have seen men tortured , harassed and humiliated in a gaol where rules the strongest law . Film narrates how to be the preparation and execution of the a thrilling getaway .

This splendid flick contains drama , suspense , thrills , action and being pretty entertaining . Eastwood confronts risks and sufferings for reaching freedom . Clint Eastwood is top-notch as tough and obstinate hero . The dangerous escape down the prison wall and into the water was performed without stunt doubles . It was performed by Clint Eastwood, Fred Ward , and Jack Thibeau , the latter two were cast in the film partially due to their athletic ability . Director 'Don Siegel' twice thought that he had lost his actors to the treacherous currents . After the real life events that are depicted in the film , the prison was shut down . Support cast is frankly well . Patrick McGoohan as sensation-hungry nasty warden gives a terrific acting . It appears as secondary Fred Ward and Danny Glover in his film debut . Jerry Fielding creates an atmospheric and exciting score musical . Bruce Surtees's cinematography is nice but a little dark . After years professional separation with Eastwood , Don Siegel directs with genius and masterfully transcending the issue and carries out something definitively original . The motion picture will appeal to Prison films enthusiasts and is considered to be along with ¨¨Le Trou¨ (Jacques Becker) one of the best film of Jail sub-genre . Rating : Better than average . Well worth watching.


When people disobey the rules of society they get sent to prison. When they disobey the rules of prison they get sent to Alcatraz. Transferred from Atlanta, this is the true story of Frank Morris – the only man to break out of Alcatraz prison. Morris comes to the prison to find cruel guards and monotony are the norm, all resided over by the disinterested warden. With time he makes both friends and enemies and begins to plan his way out of his cell and out of the prison.

I have seen this film once before, probably more than a decade ago and I wasn't going to try and review it from my distant memory of it so I watched it again the other day. From my memory of the film and the opening 15 minutes I assumed that this was just going to be an effective break-out thriller with all the usual clichés in place – the shanks, the old man with a small animal, the old timer who goes nuts etc, and in some regards this is what it is. However it is also very unusual for a prison movie because it is so very low key and slow. In this way it is like the prison life itself – based in routine without a great deal actually happening, certainly the film engages consistently rather than relying on a handful of set pieces to do it. For this reason some viewers may be turned off by it as they expect more from prison dramas, certainly viewers of HBO's Oz cannot help but find this to be lacking in action.

I don't want my comments to be taken out of context so I will say that I think that this is a very effective film in what it tries to do. It is slow but never dull, clichéd but never uninteresting. Siegel's direction shows good control and it is matched by a performance from Clint Eastwood that is so understated that at times it seemed like he would disappear from the screen with a slight whiff of smoke – this was not a showy performance but it was a very good one. He is supported by a cast that delivers mostly clichéd characters but delivers them without overdoing it or pushing it to the point where they are too obvious. The support cast includes turns from Blossum, Benjamin, Fischer, Hankin and Fred Ward. McGoohan doesn't have a great deal to do but he plays his character well, with a strange half smile on his face for much of the time – a knowing look reflecting the irony of the most famous Prisoner becoming the warden perhaps?

Overall this is lacking in fireworks or big set pieces (even the escape at the end is delivered without dramatic flourishes or tense music) but that is it's aim. The film captures the dull routine of prison life including the violence and the treatment while also telling a good story that it has the good taste to leave open as it was in real life.


There are many who regard "The Shawshank Redemption" as the ultimate prison movie. I seriously don't. In terms of atmosphere and realism, this is a more superior movie. Also when you watch this movie it becomes obvious to you how incredibly much Stephen King 'copied' (and not even subtly, he basically copied entire characters and events) from this movie for the both of his novels that are set in prisons; "The Shawshank Redemption" and to a smaller extend "The Green Mile".

Yes of course "The Shawshank Redemption" has a totally brilliant story and some top-class acting but I still see "Escape from Alcatraz" as a better movie. The story is more believable which add to the realism of the movie. "The Shawshank Redemption" is a way more over-dramatized movie if you like, while "Escape from Alcatraz" is just simply realistic and honest with its story. Yes the story of this movie might be told and filmed in a slow way but the movie is only 112 minutes long, so this shouldn't be a serious complaint. The movie is never dragging and not 1 minute shorter or longer than was needed.

It should be so that everyone who is about to see or has seen "The Shawshank Redemption" should also watch "Escape from Alcatraz" and then ask yourself this: What does "The Shawsank Redemption" has got that this movie hasn't and what is that makes it that "The Shawshank Redemption" is so incredibly high in the IMDb top250 while "Escape from Alcatraz" isn't even in that same top250.

For the record, I like "The Shawshank Redemption" very much as a movie and even though I think (and also thought so before seeing this movie) that it is a bit of an overrated movie, I would probably still rate it an 9/10.

But enough about "The Shawshank Redemption", let's talk about the quality of this movie. What makes "Escape from Alcatraz" an absolute classic is the atmosphere and like I said before the realism of the characters, the events and the story in general. It was also great to see Clint Eastwood in this role. Before this movie he mostly only played just the hero's in westerns like "Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il", "Hang 'Em High" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and in WW II movies like "Kelly's Heroes" and "Where Eagles Dare" or as super cop Harry Callahan in "Dirty Harry". I think this is more a movie in which Clint shows his acting abilities. Also I enjoyed seeing Patrick McGoohan, to be fair I only saw him in three movies before this: "Braveheart" his small role in "A Time to Kill" and the Columbo movie "Columbo: Ashes to Ashes". But despite that fact that I only saw him a small amount of roles, I already adored him as an actor. He was also great in this movie and wow, he looked so incredibly young compared to the movies I had seen him in.

In my opinion THE ultimate prison movie and an absolute classic, due to its atmosphere and realism.




Clint Eastwood plays Frank Morris, a convict sent to the infamous island prison Alcatraz, where he spends years planning a clever escape with three other prisoners, though one of them will not make it out. Film details how the plan is formulated, and the patience and skill required to pull off this elaborate plan to fool the guards, and make it to the roof, then to an inflatable raft to freedom, if they can survive the dangerously cold waters to shore. Patrick McGoohan plays the warden, a highly ironic bit of casting considering his classic series "The Prisoner" had the roles reversed! Films like this manipulate the audience to an extent, since, if you think about it, do you really want to see these likely guilty men escape? Still, considering the unknown fates of the men in real life, and how well-directed this film is by Don Siegel, the picture still remains an interesting experience, and an unusual role for Eastwood.


Escape from Alcatraz is a fantastic movie with a really well written storyline that is based on a true story and told perfectly in a true way instead of in a more movie like style,it gives you a really good idea of what life was like for prisoners of Alcatraz and how impossible it was to escape,and we learn how Frank Morris slowly digs his way out and becomes the only man to ever escape.Clint Eastwood puts ion a perfect performance like he always does,this role was very different for him and he did a brilliant job,the other actors all did a great realistic job as both prisoners and guards of Alcatraz.I would highly recommend Escape from Alcatraz to all fans of crime and history movies,it educates you about this true story in a very realistic and entertaining way.

Based on the true story of Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood),a criminal sent to Alcatraz,as we follow his almost impossible escape.