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: June 22, 1979
DVD Release Date: March 9, 1999
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the better prison break films.

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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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Eastwood is working with director Don Siegel for the fifth and final time.

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Fernando F. Croce

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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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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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Quiet, tense prison break drama has violence, profanity.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Garman
Representing the culmination of a decade long collaboration between director Don Seigel and perpetual 1970's Clint Eastwood Escape from Alcatraz is a very… 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
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 doesn't even… 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
Film Crazy
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
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