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Bird Man of Alcatraz

  • Film

Time Out says

Striking performance by Lancaster in this factually based story of a double killer, sentenced to life in solitary, who gets hooked on birds after rescuing a fledgling sparrow, and gradually turns himself into a noted ornithologist. Despite some embarrassing sociological trimmings and an overwrought Ritter as mom fighting for her boy, a likeable film, particularly in its observation of the evolving relationship between the anti-social prisoner and the hostile warder (Brand, excellent) from whom he is forced to beg favours.
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Release Details

  • Duration:148 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:John Frankenheimer
  • Screenwriter:Guy Trosper
  • Cast:
    • Edmond O'Brien
    • Burt Lancaster
    • Karl Malden
    • Betty Field
    • Thelma Ritter
    • Neville Brand
    • Hugh Marlowe
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