Bird Man of Alcatraz


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.


Release details

148 mins

Cast and crew

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