Escape from Alcatraz

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"No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz… and no one ever will!"
  • PG
  • 1979
  • 1 hr 52 min
  • 7.6  (146,264)
  • 76

Escape from Alcatraz is a 1979 American prison thriller film directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, and Roberts Blossom. The movie is based on the true story of the escape of three inmates from the supposedly inescapable Alcatraz prison in 1962. Clint Eastwood plays Frank Morris, a resourceful and intelligent bank robber who is transferred to Alcatraz from another prison. He quickly becomes aware of the jail's strict security measures and starts to plan an escape. Morris meets other inmates, Clarence Anglin (played by Jack Thibeau) and his brother John Anglin (played by Fred Ward), who have tried to escape from other prisons before. They team up with Morris and start to plan the most daring escape in the history of Alcatraz.

The warden of the prison, played by Patrick McGoohan, is a strict and unsympathetic figure who is determined to keep the prisoners under his control. He is constantly monitoring the inmates and is aware of their plot, but he underestimates the determination and the ingenuity of Morris and his associates.

The movie portrays the planning and execution of the escape in detail. The inmates use a variety of tools and materials to construct tools they need to escape. The escape itself is executed flawlessly, and the three prisoners miraculously make it off of the island and into the surrounding waters. The U.S. Marshals Service launches one of the largest manhunts in American history in an attempt to recapture the escaped convicts.

Siegel's film was able to successfully capture the tense atmosphere of the prison and the stakes Morris, and his team faced as they carefully planned their escape. The use of real locations adds a level of authenticity that draws the viewer into the action.

The performances in the film are also worth noting. Eastwood, known for his action hero roles, delivers a nuanced performance as the clever Morris who maintains his composure in the face of adversity. McGoohan provides an excellent portrayal of the strict warden, who tries to keep the inmates under control but ultimately fails. However, the standout performance in the movie is that of Roberts Blossom as "Doc" the elderly prisoner who was given up on by the prison system.

Escape from Alcatraz is a tense and thrilling movie that effectively conveys the desperation of the inmates who will do anything to escape from the prison that has confined them. The attention to detail is impressive and the performances are fantastic. The film builds to a climax that will leave the audience breathless.

In conclusion, Escape from Alcatraz is a must-watch for fans of the prison escape genre, and its a remarkable depiction of the true story of three men who managed to pull off an impossible escape.

Escape from Alcatraz is a 1979 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 52 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6 and a MetaScore of 76.

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