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Escape from Alcatraz makes brilliant use of the tense claustrophobia of its infamous setting -- as well as its leading man's legendarily flinty resolve. Read critic reviews

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Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood), a hardened con with a history of prison breaks, is sent to serve the rest of his life sentence at Alcatraz -- America's most infamously brutal and inescapable maximum security prison. Morris quickly realizes the prison's dehumanizing effects and clashes with its cruel warden (Patrick McGoohan). Fed up with life at Alcatraz, Morris and two convict brothers (Fred Ward, Jack Thibeau) meticulously plan the unthinkable: an escape from the island.

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Critic Reviews for Escape From Alcatraz

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  • Jun 17, 2016
    A tense and smart jail escape movie. One of the best films of this genre.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2015
    The early portions of the film get a little repetitive, but it's still an entertaining and economical thriller. The ending knocks it out of the park.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2015
    I know that this movie is very well-liked, and normally I love Clint Eastwood films, but I found this movie to be really boring. Nothing really happens the whole time, and for a prison break movie, there weren't a lot of times where I was in genuine suspense. It seemed like the writers wanted to make a lot of these characters memorable, but none of them are, which is a serious problem for me, since most prison break-themed films or tv shows usually have very likable, very memorable characters. You're supposed to be wanting to root for them to break out. Look at Shawshank or Prison Break, for instance--even the minor characters are memorable. Here, I didn't care about anybody, so that's another epic fail for this film. On a positive note, this does have some Eastwood value, as he's classic here, and the only good part of the film, in my opinion. Aside from that, this just isn't that noteworthy of a movie.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2014
    Escape from Alcatraz is hardly original, but it's near-flawlessly orchestrated and brings a certain delight in watching the pieces of its protagonists' plan fall into place.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer

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