Siegel's finest film since The Shootist, thistells the story of the one successful escape ever believed to have been made from the island penitentiary of Alcatraz. It's not an action film: there's little in the way of exciting set pieces, and Eastwood's restrained performance is low-key almost to the point of minimalism. Rather, as he slowly tries to tunnel out with a pair of nail-clippers, it's an austere depiction of the tedious routines of prison life, and of the courage and strength of spirit needed in coping with unpleasant warders, tough fellow-inmates, and a life sentence. As such, it's closer to Bresson's A Man Escaped (although obviously without the Catholic theme of redemp-tion) than to the Hollywood prison escape movie.
Cast and crew
Clint Eastwood Patrick McGoohan Roberts Blossom Jack Thibeau Fred Ward Paul Benjamin Larry Hankin