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Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)




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This moving prison drama tells the fascinating story of prison inmate Robert Stroud. Stroud's prison life is unrelenting, and he becomes increasingly withdrawn, until one day a sickly sparrow flies through the bars of his cell. Stroud, using homemade medicines, cures the bird. Fascinated, he begins studying ornithology.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Elizabeth Stroud, Guy Trosper, Thomas E. Gaddis, Guy Troper
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment


Burt Lancaster
as Robert Franklin Stro...
Karl Malden
as Harvey Shoemaker
Telly Savalas
as Feto Gomez
Thelma Ritter
as Elizabeth Stroud
Betty Field
as Stella Johnson
Neville Brand
as Bull Ransom
Edmond O'Brien
as Tom Gaddis
Hugh Marlowe
as Roy Comstock
Whit Bissell
as Dr. Ellis
James Westerfield
as Jess Younger
Stella Johnson
as Betty Field
Leonard Penn
as Eddie Kassellis
Robert Burton
as Senator Lewis
Lewis Charles
as Chaplain Wentzel
Nick Dennis
as Crazed Prisoner
Harry Jackson
as Reporter
Adrienne Marden
as Mrs. Woodrow Wilson
George Mitchell
as Father Matthieu
Edward Mallory
as John Clary
Chris Robinson
as Young Convict
Robert Burton
as Senator Lewis
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Critic Reviews for Birdman of Alcatraz

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | August 25, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An exhaustive abstraction of the John Frankenheimer social outcast

Full Review… | May 7, 2011

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.

Full Review… | January 8, 2011

Audience Reviews for Birdman of Alcatraz


Lancaster gives Robert Stroud far more character, class and compassion than he ever deserved. Taken as fiction, Birdman of Alcatraz is good cinema.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


it's pretty melodramatic but i'd forgotten how really touching it is too. i love lancaster and thelma ritter and r.i.p. karl malden. according to people who knew the real stroud, his character in the film is highly fictionalized.

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


A Hollywoodized dramatization of the Birdman story which didn't seem like Alcatraz at all.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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