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Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980)

Fact based story of the lives and attempted 1946 escape of several inmates in the famous correctional facility. Young inmate Clarence Carnes masterminds a grand escape involving several ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Krasny

Writers:

Ernest Tidyman (teleplay), Clarence Carnes (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Beck ... Clarence Carnes
Art Carney ... Robert Stroud
Alex Karras ... Jughead Miller
Telly Savalas ... Cretzer
Will Sampson ... Clarence's Father
Ronny Cox ... Bernard Coy
Richard Lynch ... Sam Shockley
Robert Davi ... Hubbard
John Amos ... Bumpy Johnson
James MacArthur ... Walt Stomer
Ed Lauter ... Frank Morris
Joe Pantoliano ... Ray Neal
Louis Giambalvo ... Clarence Anglin
Jeffrey Tambor ... Dankworth
Paul Mantee ... Ordway
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Fact based story of the lives and attempted 1946 escape of several inmates in the famous correctional facility. Young inmate Clarence Carnes masterminds a grand escape involving several inmates who have nothing to lose, serving life sentences. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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Trivia

The film does not show that Carnes, after escaping from the Granite Reformatory in Oklahoma, carjacked a passing driver and forced the driver to take him across the state line. That resulted in federal charges of kidnapping and crossing state lines to flee prosecution. That was the reason he was sent into the federal prison system; which resulted in him being sent first to United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth, and then to Alcatraz. See more »

Goofs

When Carnes arrives at Alcatraz in 1945, there's an establishing shot of the island from the prison launch. You can clearly see that the warden's mansion is a burned out shell. (This happened in the Occupation of Alcatraz by American Indians from 1969-1971.) In 1945, the warden's mansion was intact and being used. See more »

Quotes

Clarence Carnes: [Runs past Stroud's cell and sees him standing passively, when the doors to D-Block's cells are opened during the 1946 escape attempt. He runs back] Come on! You're free!
Robert Stroud: [calmly] I'm not going anywhere.
Clarence Carnes: Come on man, let's go!
Robert Stroud: Guys like them boys do things the hard way, don't they?
[sits down on his bunk and picks up the book he'd been reading before the commotion began]
Robert Stroud: They'll be dead before sundown; and a lot of other poor, ignorant fools with them. Maybe you too, son.
Clarence Carnes: But... You're in this ...
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Let's make heroes of rapists and killers
12 November 2003 | by TiminPhoenixSee all my reviews

This movie as well as some of the well meaning comments about it have to make one wonder.

Most prison movies focus on the prisoners and more often than not make them the heroes. Of course guards are shown as being brutal. If more people knew who was being kept in prisons, they would send thank you notes weekly to correctional officers for keeping the bad guys and gals locked up and society safer.

Of course we have to forget the fact that the people in prison are there for raping kids, killing old folks, committing fraud and taking the life savings of someone, thieves who take a family's hard earned possessions, and on and on.

No, we forget that and have actors in this movie talking about escape as being part of a noble goal to shut down an inhumane prison.

I thought the acting was rather poor, the direction phony, and the piggybacking on to a real event with a totally unproven conclusion false.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alcatraz and Clarence Carnes See more »

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