Escape from Alcatraz

Escape from Alcatraz

Don Siegel (1979)

15 Certificate
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Don Siegel did much to establish his reputation with Riot in Cell Block 11 in 1954, and he went back behind bars for this tough and compelling reconstruction of the only successful escape from San Francisco's notorious island prison in its 29-year history. Driven stir crazy by the strictures of warden Patrick McGoohan's regime and the brutality of his fellow inmates, Clint Eastwood plans an ingenious bid for freedom with Fred Ward and Jack Thibeau. Blessed with expert performances, Siegel shoots the preparations with an attention to detail that exerts as strong a grip as the events of the escape itself.


A cunning convict with a history of making escape attempts is transferred to the notorious high-security island prison off the California coast, from which no one has ever broken out. Continually at odds with the brutal warden, he and three fellow prisoners hatch a plan to make it to freedom on an improvised raft. Thriller, based on a true story, starring Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom and Fred Ward.

Cast & Crew

Frank Morris Clint Eastwood
Warden Patrick McGoohan
Clarence Anglin Jack Thibeau
John Anglin Fred Ward
Chester `Doc' Dalton Roberts Blossom
English Paul Benjamin
Charley Butts Larry Hankin
Wolf Bruce M Fischer
Litmus Frank Ronzio
Director Don Siegel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: C.I.C. (UK)Guidance: Violence, swearing, nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray