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Escape from Alcatraz (1979) Movie Reviews

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05/16/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Escape from Alcatraz review

A well made prison flick, this reviewer still prefers Down by Law and Shawshank Redemption the best of its genre. It lacks appropriate character development (what was Frank in for? what was he before? etc.) and an engaging plot except for the actual escape. The film revolves around Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood), Charlie Butts (Larry Hankin), English (Paul Benjamin), Litmus and Doc. The performances were sincere, realism was high, escape well thought of but lacks the entertainment value for a crime drama. Clint Eastwood makes this worthwhile and the methods of the escape. One of the best lines: "The higher you sit, the more status you got. So we kind of play King of the Mountain. Except here we don't play for fun, man." from English. Escape from Alcatraz represents prison life, abuse ...

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09/17/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Clint Eastwood and The Rock in a masterpiece!

Star Clint Eastwood and director Don Siegel made some excellent films together in the '70s. Their final collaboration came in 1979 with Escape From Alcatraz, a very authentic-looking prison drama based on the true story of the only successful escape from the notorious island-prison off San Francisco. In reality, no-one can be sure that Frank Morris and the Anglin brothers DID actually get away.... there is a very real possibility that they drowned or suffered hypothermia while trying to swim to safety. But the bodies of Morris and his cronies were never recovered, so neither can anyone categorically state that they perished. As a result of this legendary escape, Alcatraz lost its reputation as an inescapable penitentiary and was closed down just over a year later. Convicted bank robber Fr...

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