Overall Rank: 1190
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 115
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1962
Genre: Biography, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: John Frankenheimer
Actors: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand, Telly Savalas, Edmond O'Brien
Plot: 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 - wrote on 12/09/2012
A minor classic of the prison drama genre, more a well-crafted and well acted character study than the usual escape shenanigans.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/20/2008
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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