Escape from Alcatraz (1979,Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan)

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PG 111 min - Crime, Drama - 22 June 1979
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Clint Eastwood stars in Don Siegel's prison-break classic, which is based on a real-life attempt to achieve the supposedly impossible: escape from California's notorious island penitentiary. After persistently trying to escape from mainland jails, lifer Frank Morris (Eastwood) is transferred to Alcatraz, where officials don't think he'll give them any more problems. But Morris, who's constantly harassed by The Rock's warden (Patrick McGoohan) and his fellow convicts, has other ideas.

He shares his plans with three other prisoners - Clarence and John Anglin (Jack Thibeau and Fred Ward) and Charley Butts (Larry Hankin) - and together they prepare their strike for freedom... Siegel - who also directed Eastwood eight years earlier in Dirty Harry - ditches the standard prison-break movie's obsession with action for a more considered, suspenseful focus on the why and how of the jailbirds' escape attempt.

Director:  Don Siegel
Producer:  Don Siegel
Director of Photography:  Bruce Surtees


Production Details

Production Companies:  Paramount Pictures, Malpaso Company

Release Date:  22 June 1979

Running Time:  1 h 51 min

Genres: Crime, Drama

Language:  English

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

Budget and Box Office takings where known

Budget:  $8,000,000
Revenue:  $43,000,000