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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

Directed by:
Don Siegel
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Prison thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Flukten fra Alcatraz

RUNNING TIME
112 minutes

Produced by:
Don Siegel
Robert Daley
Written by (based on the book by J. Campbell Bruce):
Richard Tuggle


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Frank Morris Clint Eastwood
The Warden Patrick McGoohan
John Anglin Fred Ward
Clarence Anglin Jack Thibeau -
Charley Butts Larry Hankin
Litmus Frank Ronzio -
Chester "Doc" Dalton Roberts Blossom -
English Paul Benjamin
Wolf Grace Bruce M. Fischer -
Inmate

Danny Glover

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Review

Level-headed and detailed, although never fully absorbing rendition of what is believed to be the only successful escape from the Alcatraz prison, back in 1962. This was the fifth collaboration between director Don Siegel and star Clint Eastwood. And although it was a solid swansong for them and garnered fine reviews at the time, the film lacks the electric suspense of their magnum opus Dirty Harry. Eastwood is fine in one of his better performances during this part of his career. And there is also solid supporting work from Fred Ward, Larry Hankin, Paul Benjamin and Roberts Blossom. The screenwriter is Richard Tuggle, who went on to pen the Eastwood vehicle Tightrope a few years later.

Copyright 22.02.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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