Escape From Alcatraz
Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

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.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 9, 1999
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Escape from Alcatraz is relentless in establishing a mood and pace of unrelieved tension.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

What Mr. Siegel has made is fiction, a first-rate action movie that is about the need and the decision to take action, as well as the action itself.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Escape from Alcatraz was the last of five films that Don Siegel directed with Clint Eastwood, and it's the end of an impeccable track record.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's an austere depiction of the tedious routines of prison life, and of the courage and strength of spirit needed in coping with unpleasant warders, tough fellow-inmates, and a life sentence.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the better prison break films.

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Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Eastwood adds a lot of grit to this entertaining prison flick.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's one of those very difficult exercises in which large emotions, like the compulsion to be free, are reflected in minute actions, like the chipping away at stone with a pocket nail clipper.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Siegel stages it all like a collection of haikus, all grilled corners and hard camera pans, not a single wasted frame

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Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

Eastwood and McGoohan make this work.

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Maybe for its time, it was considered a great masterpiece but with little character development and no real emotions it's hard to like this slow paced… More
Chris Weber
Alcatraz prison, aka The Rock had a reputation for being inescapable, despite the fact that many tried. This film, one of several collaborations between… More
Carlos Magalh„es
An efficient prison break movie that manages to be tense and gripping, even though there is nothing really memorable about the plot and it does not make any… More
Alex roy
Terrific escape film directed by Don Siegel. Although the film has its weaknesses, this is nonetheless a well constructed suspenseful thrill ride from start to… More
Melvin White
Warden: Some men are destined never to leave Alcatraz... alive.† "No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz... And no one ever will." Escape From… More
Mike S
Sharply written and elaborately conceived, <i>Escape from Alcatraz</i> has a well-earned spot among the great classics of its era. A predecessor to… More

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