Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by John Frankenheimer and Charles Crichton and produced by Harold Hecht, Stuart Millar and Guy Trosper.
Academy Awards 1962 --- Ceremony Number 35 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Burt Lancaster||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Telly Savalas||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Thelma Ritter||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Burnett Guffey||Nominated|
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)By Beatrice on Aug 27, 2017 From Flickers in Time
Birdman of Alcatraz Directed by John Frankenheimer Written by Guy Trosper from a book by Thomas E. Gaddis 1962/USA Norma Productions First viewing/Amazon Instant This film asks the question: Can a psychopath by rehabilitated by birds? It fails to answer it. When we first meet Robert Stroud (Burt... Read full article
Birdman Of Alcatraz–A CommentBy Tom on Jun 22, 2014 From The Old Movie House
Robert Stroud. The name might be familiar, but you might think it’s the fellow who painted your house. But if somebody said Robert Stroud, Birdman of Alcatraz you’d immediately know who the person was talking about. But if you’re a certain age you’d only associate the name wi... Read full article
The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 10, 2013 From 4 Star Films
Telling the semi-biographical story of Robert Stroud, Birdman relates his life from violent beginnings until his later years. Burt Lancaster superbly characterizes Stroud as a tragic hero. Despite a relatively simple plot following the progression in a man’s life, Birdman is worth seeing. Ulti... Read full article
Birdman of AlcatrazBy Alyson on Sep 11, 2012 From The Best Picture Project
The word Alcatraz evokes images of prison bars, riots and some of the most notorious criminals of the twentieth century. Among those imprisoned there were Al Capone and Baby Face Nelson, but in 1962 no one was more infamous than Robert Stroud, The Birdman of Alcatraz. Robert Stroud was first sent t... Read full article
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)By Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog
In 1955, Thomas E. Gaddis, a prison consultant, psychologist and writer, profiled the remarkable story of prisoner Robert Stroud in his book Birdman of Alcatraz. A few years after its publication, 20th Century Fox was interested in adapting the biography into a movie. They received pressure by the F... Read full article
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Robert Stroud was actually imprisoned in cell #42 located in the D Block. According to Frank Heaney, a former prison guard (1948-51), Stroud was anything but the sympathetic character as portrayed by Burt Lancaster. He was an extremely difficult and demented inmate who, though highly intelligent, was a vicious killer and a psychopath.
The film implies that the Battle of Alcatraz was a result of deep frustrations with the prison system that finally exploded with two convicts releasing others with the sole purpose of causing a riot. In fact it was the result of a far more discreet escape attempt which turned into a battle when the convicts were unable to get out of the building as planned. Only six convicts were involved.
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