Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 3
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Release Date: Jul 3, 1962 Wide
Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 7,666
In this film based on a true story, Burt Lancaster plays Robert Stroud, a withdrawn prison inmate who cures a sick bird that flies into his cell and eventually becomes a world-renowned ornithologist -- all while serving a life sentence. An overbearing warden (Karl Malden) eventually transfers Stroud to the notoriously brutal prison on Alcatraz, but he is able to continue his research, abort a riot, start a romance, and eventually get his story out through a determined reporter (Edmond O'Brien).
Jul 3, 1962 Wide
Mar 6, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment
Mrs. Woodrow Wilson
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Frankenheimer's compelling, if slightly fictionalized biopic of Robert Stroud is extremely wel acted by Burt Lancaster and the rest of the cast, including Thelma Ritter and Telly Savalas.
This preachy bio pic is a hokey take on the birdman with Lancaster being misused on every occasion.
Prison biopic that's more interested in its liberal message about prison reform working for redemption than in anything else.
Even with its limping screenplay and general drift toward competence rather than excellence, Birdman does pull us well enough into its fistful of compelling characters.
Lancaster is wonderful; a tribute to the human spirit.
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