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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Mar 9, 1999

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Running Time
1 hour, 52 minutes

Country USA

Studio Paramount

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Other Titles
• Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
• Flucht von Alcatraz (1979)

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Genre: Thriller, Drama, Prison, Escape, True Story, Suspense

Tagline: No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will!

Plot: Based on the true story of the only escape from Alcatraz--a maximum-security prison built on an island located in shark-infested waters to contain the most dangerous, hardcore criminals and most gifted escape artists in the U.S.--ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ stars Clint Eastwood as inmate Frank Morris, the man who plans the escape. When he arrives at Alcatraz in 1960, Morris has an interview with the pompous warden (Patrick McGoohan), who assures him that the prison is escape-proof, well aware of his record of prison breaks. Upon entering the prison population, Morris makes friends with some of the more human inmates, including Doc (Roberts Blossom), an old lifer who paints in his cell; and English (Paul Benjamin), the prison librarian. Less engaging is Wolf (Bruce Fischer), a huge prisoner who tries to stab Morris during a knife fight in the exercise yard after the latter had refused the hulk's generous offer to become his punk. Morris emerges from his punishment in solitary to find that his old friends, the Anglin brothers Jack (Fred Ward) and Clarence (Jack Thibeau), have arrived. He knows that with them he can make a break. This meditative, deliberately paced film might be the only Zen prison movie on record. Eastwood, Siegel, and screenwriter Richard Tuggle brilliantly evoke the

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 Directed by
Don Siegel
Dirty Harry, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Shootist
 Written by
Richard Tuggle
Tightrope, Out of Bounds
Clint Eastwood
Million Dollar Baby, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Unforgiven
Patrick McGoohan
Braveheart, A Time to Kill, Treasure Planet
Fred Ward
Road Trip, The Player, The Right Stuff
Roberts Blossom
Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Home Alone, The Quick and the Dead
Jack Thibeau
The Hitcher, Sudden Impact, Action Jackson
Paul Benjamin
Do the Right Thing, The Station Agent, Rosewood
Larry Hankin
Pretty Woman, Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles
 Music By
Jerry Fielding
The Wild Bunch, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Straw Dogs



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