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Escape From Alcatraz

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Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

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No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will!

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.

Escape from Alcatraz is a 1979 American prison film, directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood.[3] It is based on true events. It dramatizes possibly the only successful escape attempt from the maximum security prison on Alcatraz Island. The film co-stars Fred Ward and also features Patrick McGoohan as the suspicious, vindictive warden; it also features the film debut of Danny Glover. The film marks the fifth and final collaboration between Siegel and Eastwood, following Coogan's Bluff (1968), Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), The Beguiled (1971) and Dirty Harry (1971).

Escape from Alcatraz was well received by critics and is considered by many as one of the best films of 1979.[6][7][8] Frank Rich of Time described the film as "cool, cinematic grace", while Stanley Kauffmann of The New Republic called it "crystalline cinema".[9] It currently holds a 95% "Fresh" rating on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.[10] The film grossed $5,306,354 in the U.S. during its opening weekend from June 24, 1979, shown on 815 screens. In total, the film earned $43,000,000 in U.S. theaters,[2] making it the 15th highest-grossing picture of 1979. The film was also a nominee for the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Thrills list.

Release Date: June 22, 1979


Distrib: Paramount


Boxoffice: $43,000,000 2014: $143,047,800

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