You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Escape from Alcatraz

Considering that the escape itself from rock-bound Alcatraz prison consumes only the film's final half-hour, screenwriter Richard Tuggle [adapting the book by J. Campbell Bruce] and director Don Siegel provide a model of super-efficient filmmaking. From the moment Clint Eastwood walks onto The Rock, until the final title card explaining the three escapees were never heard from again, Escape from Alcatraz is relentless in establishing a mood and pace of unrelieved tension.

With:
Clint Eastwood Patrick McGoohan Fred Ward Roberts Blossom Bruce M. Fischer Paul Benjamin

Considering that the escape itself from rock-bound Alcatraz prison consumes only the film’s final half-hour, screenwriter Richard Tuggle [adapting the book by J. Campbell Bruce] and director Don Siegel provide a model of super-efficient filmmaking. From the moment Clint Eastwood walks onto The Rock, until the final title card explaining the three escapees were never heard from again, Escape from Alcatraz is relentless in establishing a mood and pace of unrelieved tension.

Pic’s only fault may be an ambiguous ending, tied, of course, to the historical reality of the 1962 escape, only successful one in Alcatraz’ 29-year history as America’s most repressive penal institution.

Key counterpoint to Eastwood’s character comes from Patrick McGoohan as the megalomaniacal warden.

Escape from Alcatraz

Production: Paramount/Malpaso. Director Don Siegel; Producer Don Siegel; Screenplay Richard Tuggle; Camera Bruce Surtees; Editor Ferris Webster; Music Jerry Fielding; Art Director Allen Smith

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 112 MIN.

With: Clint Eastwood Patrick McGoohan Fred Ward Roberts Blossom Bruce M. Fischer Paul Benjamin

More Film

  • Kazuhiro Tsuji Darkest Hour Makeup artist

    'Darkest Hour,' 'American Horror Story' Lead Make-up and Hair Stylists Guild Winners

    Considering that the escape itself from rock-bound Alcatraz prison consumes only the film’s final half-hour, screenwriter Richard Tuggle [adapting the book by J. Campbell Bruce] and director Don Siegel provide a model of super-efficient filmmaking. From the moment Clint Eastwood walks onto The Rock, until the final title card explaining the three escapees were never […]

  • Isle of Dogs

    The 10 Best Films of the 2018 Berlin Film Festival

    Considering that the escape itself from rock-bound Alcatraz prison consumes only the film’s final half-hour, screenwriter Richard Tuggle [adapting the book by J. Campbell Bruce] and director Don Siegel provide a model of super-efficient filmmaking. From the moment Clint Eastwood walks onto The Rock, until the final title card explaining the three escapees were never […]

  • Indian Actress Sridevi Kapoor Arrives For

    Legendary Bollywood Actress Sridevi Dies at 54

    Considering that the escape itself from rock-bound Alcatraz prison consumes only the film’s final half-hour, screenwriter Richard Tuggle [adapting the book by J. Campbell Bruce] and director Don Siegel provide a model of super-efficient filmmaking. From the moment Clint Eastwood walks onto The Rock, until the final title card explaining the three escapees were never […]

  • NMHC Impact Awards

    Aubrey Plaza, NHMC President Call Out Under-Representation of Latinos at Impact Awards

    Considering that the escape itself from rock-bound Alcatraz prison consumes only the film’s final half-hour, screenwriter Richard Tuggle [adapting the book by J. Campbell Bruce] and director Don Siegel provide a model of super-efficient filmmaking. From the moment Clint Eastwood walks onto The Rock, until the final title card explaining the three escapees were never […]

  • Emma Chambers'HOW DO YOU WANT ME'

    'Notting Hill' Actress Emma Chambers Dies at 53

    Considering that the escape itself from rock-bound Alcatraz prison consumes only the film’s final half-hour, screenwriter Richard Tuggle [adapting the book by J. Campbell Bruce] and director Don Siegel provide a model of super-efficient filmmaking. From the moment Clint Eastwood walks onto The Rock, until the final title card explaining the three escapees were never […]

  • Las herederas The Heiresses

    Berlin Double Silver Bear Winner 'The Heiresses' Sells Major Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

    Considering that the escape itself from rock-bound Alcatraz prison consumes only the film’s final half-hour, screenwriter Richard Tuggle [adapting the book by J. Campbell Bruce] and director Don Siegel provide a model of super-efficient filmmaking. From the moment Clint Eastwood walks onto The Rock, until the final title card explaining the three escapees were never […]

  • Touch Me Not

    Berlin Festival Awards: 'Touch Me Not' Wins Golden Bear for Best Film

    Considering that the escape itself from rock-bound Alcatraz prison consumes only the film’s final half-hour, screenwriter Richard Tuggle [adapting the book by J. Campbell Bruce] and director Don Siegel provide a model of super-efficient filmmaking. From the moment Clint Eastwood walks onto The Rock, until the final title card explaining the three escapees were never […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content