Escape From Alcatraz

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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.



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No one can escape from Alcatraz, right? Try telling that to lifer Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood). This Donald Siegel-directed nailbiter is a reenactment of Frank Morris' 1962 attempt to bust himself and two other cons out of The Rock. Eastwood, as Morris, tilts with nasty warden Patrick McGoohan for a while, befriends several fellow prisoners, and picks the guys with whom he'll make his escape. Among his break-out buddies are the Anglin Brothers (Fred Ward and Jack Thibeau), with whom he'd served in other lockups, and several others who've got their own special reasons to despise the sadistic McGoohan. Filmed on location at the newly renovated Alcatraz, Escape From Alcatraz was another box-office winner for the Eastwood/Siegel combo.


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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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