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7.6/10   16,672 votes
Don Siegel
J. Campbell Bruce (book)
Richard Tuggle (screenplay)
Release Date:
22 June 1979 (USA) more
Action | Crime | Thriller more
No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will!
A dramatization of the one possibly successful escape from the notorious prison. full summary | full synopsis
User Comments:
Great movie... but go on the tour first.... more


 (Cast overview, first billed only)

Clint Eastwood ... Frank Morris
Patrick McGoohan ... Warden
Roberts Blossom ... Doc
Jack Thibeau ... Clarence Anglin

Fred Ward ... John Anglin
Paul Benjamin ... English

Larry Hankin ... Charley Butts
Bruce M. Fischer ... Wolf

Frank Ronzio ... Litmus
Fred Stuthman ... Johnson
David Cryer ... Wagner
Madison Arnold ... Zimmerman
Blair Burrows ... Fight Guard
Bob Balhatchet ... Medical Technical Assistant
Matthew Locricchio ... Exam Guard (as Matthew J. Locricchio)
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Additional Details

112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 more
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The dangerous escape down the prison wall and into the water was performed without stunt doubles. Director 'Don Siegel (I)' twice thought that he had lost his actors to the treacherous currents. more
Anachronisms: The Mount Sutro Tower (breaking ground in 1971 and completed in 1972) is pictured in the movie's opening sequence while at the same time on-screen text indicates the plot year to be 1960. more
Frank Morris: I may have found a way out of here. more
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Tatort: Märchenwald (#1.576)" (2004) more
D Block Blues more


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16 out of 17 people found the following comment useful:-
Great movie... but go on the tour first...., 28 January 2006
Author: hermes9264 from United States

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.

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