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Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Movie Information

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Biography, Drama






John Frankenheimer


Burt Lancaster
Karl Malden
Thelma Ritter
Neville Brand
Telly Savalas
Edmond O'Brien





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As an inmate at Leavenworth prison, Robert Stroud has a series of confrontations with the guards and with the other convicts. When Stroud kills a guard, he is sentenced to be executed, and only his mother's impassioned intervention gets his sentence commuted to life imprisonment, which he must serve in solitary confinement. As he serves out his sentence in boredom and despair, one day he finds a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard. Stroud soon takes a deep interest in caring for birds, which gives him a new purpose in life, but which also brings new conflicts with prison authorities.

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Yojimbo 12/09/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A minor classic of the prison drama genre, more a well-crafted and well acted character study than the usual escape shenanigans.

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Chris Kavan 12/20/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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An interesting look into the mind of criminal who finds redemption in an unlikely place. Burt Lancaster is excellent, even if the story makes the Birdman a bit too idealized. A good film even with the faults.

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