Birdman of Alcatraz


Biography / Crime / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 82%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 7.8 10 14,350


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Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp
Edmond O'Brien as McClosky - aka 'Mac'
Karl Malden as Sheriff Dad Longworth
Telly Savalas as Don Carlos
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23.976 fps
147 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by DonAlberto 8 / 10 / 10

Imagination has no limit

I've just watched the picture Birdman of Alcatraz. It is, without a doubt, one of the best films ever made about the so-called "prison genre". Yet, it is odd if we think carefully about it that this landmark films isn't about somebody or a group of inmates that come up with a plan to try to escape from prison. Quite the opposite, in fact. The overriding theme is one of finding liberty withing a prison, behind bars. Do you think it a contradiction, a futile dream?. Robert Straud thinks otherwise. Although he started off like any other inmate in prison, that is, letting out his anger whenever he felt like it, shouting at wardens, being consumed by anger, trying in vain to ward off its inevitable and mighty blow; he slowly turns into somebody else. And what sparks this U-turn is not another human being but an animal: a bird. To a little sparrow he can relate, surrender, feel a human being again. It is not often that we get to see poetry woven into a film, but I strongly believe this is one of those occasions (Ikiru, The 7 samurai or the Hustler spring to mind) Come to think of it, it is all the more remarkable that Burt Lancaster managed to pull off such a astonishing performance without having too much dialogue. I'd like to sing off on an optimistic note by saying our imagination has no limits and never will1.

Reviewed by rodrig58 1 / 10 / 10

A great film!

What a story! What interpretative performances! Burt Lancaster is better than in any other film. Karl Malden the same. And Telly Savalas is a super delight. All three are competing themselves. A true masterpiece of director John Frankenheimer. And Neville Brand, Thelma Ritter, Betty Field, Edmond O'Brien, Whit Bissell, all are excellent. Movies with action in prison they have something special and this one has a very special charm. The scene after Harvey Shoemaker (Karl Malden) finds the manuscript of Robert Franklin Stroud's (Burt Lancaster) is the most important, what Stroud says to Shoemaker is the quintessential injustice in all prisons of the world.

Reviewed by armtanker 1 / 10 / 10

Utter hogwash

In the words of an Alcatraz inmate "Burt Lancaster owes us an apology." This movie falsely tells the story of convicted homicidal murderer Robert Stroud. I read about and dud a thesis on Stroud. For one the movie tries to portray Stroud as a mild mannered misunderstood man. In fact he was a perverted psychopathic killer. Stroud was dangerous. He was kept in isolation because he was too violent. Keeping and feeding birds doesn't redeem an unrepentant murderer.

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