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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 ActorBurt LancasterNominated
Best Supporting ActorTelly SavalasNominated
Best Supporting ActressThelma RitterNominated
Best CinematographyBurnett GuffeyNominated

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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 Comment

By 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 Alcatraz

By 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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Charles Crichton was fired several weeks into production to be replaced by John Frankenheimer.
Cecil Corwin, the guard in D Block, is renamed Hapling. Burns is shown shooting Hapling dead the moment he enters D Block. In fact Corwin was shot while held hostage with other guards by a third party, convict Joseph Paul Cretzer (aka "Dutch"). Corwin survived, though another guard, William Miller from C Block, died of his injuries.
The film presents Robert Stroud involved in a lifetime war of nerves with Warden Harvey Shoemaker. Shoemaker is in fact a combination of two separate men: T.W. Morgan was warden of Leavenworth at the time that Stroud's death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 1920; and James A. Johnston was warden of Alcatraz during the attempted escape of 1946.
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