Escape from Alcatraz
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Escape from Alcatraz is relentless in establishing a mood and pace of unrelieved tension."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Classy and intriguing."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"One of the better prison break films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Eastwood adds a lot of grit to this entertaining prison flick."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Escape from Alcatraz is an above average prison break flick."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Siegel stages it all like a collection of haikus, all grilled corners and hard camera pans, not a single wasted frame"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Eastwood and McGoohan make this work."
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
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