Birdman of Alcatraz
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

This moving prison drama tells the fascinating story of prison inmate Robert Stroud. Stroud's prison life is unrelenting, and he becomes increasingly withdrawn, until one day a sickly sparrow flies through the bars of his cell. Stroud,… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: July 3, 1962
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Fernando F. Croce

An exhaustive abstraction of the John Frankenheimer social outcast

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Prison biopic that's more interested in its liberal message about prison reform working for redemption than in anything else.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Lancaster is wonderful; a tribute to the human spirit.

Emanuel Levy

Frankenheimer's compelling, if slightly fictionalized biopic of Robert Stroud is extremely wel acted by Burt Lancaster and the rest of the cast, including Thelma Ritter and Telly Savalas.

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Nick Davis
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Even with its limping screenplay and general drift toward competence rather than excellence, Birdman does pull us well enough into its fistful of compelling characters.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Lancaster's brilliant performance anchors Frankenheimer's fine film, a liberal-minded, optimistic celebration of the power of redemption.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat

This preachy bio pic is a hokey take on the birdman with Lancaster being misused on every occasion.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Absorbing biopic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Lancaster gives Robert Stroud far more character, class and compassion than he ever deserved. Taken as fiction, <i>Birdman of Alcatraz</i> is good… More
xGary Xx
Another classic prison drama, more a well-crafted and brilliantly acted character study than concentrating on the usual escape shenanigans.
Stella Dallas
it's pretty melodramatic but i'd forgotten how really touching it is too. i love lancaster and thelma ritter and r.i.p. karl malden. according to… More
Cameron Johnson
Before the Iceman... cameth (I guess), John Frankenheimer saw the coming of the birdman! Lame jokes aside, this is pretty much the definitive representation of… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A Hollywoodized dramatization of the Birdman story which didn't seem like Alcatraz at all.
John Ballantine
A career achievement for Burt Lancaster. Anyone who has had a mild interest in the history of the Alcatraz prison will find this tale fascinating. They still… More