Escape from Alcatraz(1979)



Is it just me or “The Shawshank Redemption(1994)” really possess some striking similarities with this Clint Eastwood starrer?I noted out a lot of similarities like the similar harsh character of the prison warden, inmate keeping a pet, the library job, attack by the prison gay  and even both the film possess the same exact escape plan.In both the films the inmate finds out that the wall concrete is fragile and can be easily chipped out.And the way the prisoner gathers the equipments needed for the break out, it all seems so similar.And i watched the shawshank redemption way before watching this movie, so i always felt a sense of  deja vu while watching this film.

I am a huge fan of Clint Eastwood…But who is not?..He is the manliest man ever.And I love watching his earlier works.That iconic icy stare, strong voice, good looks and a bad attitude..god!!And in this film he gets to be this bad ass prisoner ‘Frank Morris’ who escapes from the alcatraz along with  two other inmates Clarence Anglin and John Anglin.

This film is based on real events that took place in the prison of alcatraz during 1960-62, when Frank Morris and brothers Clarence Anglin and John Anglin escaped from the prison and was never heard from again.

As a work of art  i think The Shawshank Redemption is a better film.It is more poetic or rather say philosophical.And is a feel good movie and emotionally satisfying.But the “escape from alcatraz” is no lesser a movie.It is more racy and exciting and is more realistic.And it has Clint Eastwood.So it cant get any better than that.Watching Clint on screen, gives me chills.I am almost sure that’s the case with everyone.All hail Clint Eastwood.!!

And for those who haven’t watched this film yet, watch it and thank me later.

My Rating: 9



35 thoughts on “Escape from Alcatraz(1979)

  1. I haven’t heard about this movie yet. I am a 90s kid and has never tried watching it. Let me see if I can get a copy of this so I could watch and enjoy the movie.

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  2. This movie is just epic with the tough Alcatraz Prison as a centerpiece. I’ll watch this movie again for the old school Clint Eastwood feel in a movie.


  3. The Shawshank Redemption is one of my all time favorite movies. It was a remarkable piece of art. I barely remember Escape from Alcatraz but I think I will be finding it again to watch to see the similarities. I love old movies.


  4. I have never seen either film but will have to check them out!


  5. I have not heard of this movie but it sounds like it would be great to watch! I love movies like this. Hubby & I try to get in a movie night once a week and I think this would be a good one!


  6. I would love to read the book or see the movie. I’ll have to add it to the list.


  7. That sounds like a great movie. I have to see if they have it on NetFlix.


  8. This one is definitely a classic!


  9. I have always been a fan of Clint Eastwood and would like to see this movie. I did a tour of Alcatraz several years ago and it was really neat.


  10. Shawshank is one of our all-time favorites, so I’m sure we would enjoy this one too. We also loved Rock, I’m sure it is similar too.


  11. I think I watched this with my father many moons ago. We used to love and sit and watch adventure movies. I miss him but thanks for giving me a happy memory.


  12. I have to say, I am NOT a big fan of Clint Eastwood but I am a big fan of Shawshank Redemption. Escape from Alcatraz is a classic.


  13. So interesting! I haven’t heard of this but I’m sure my husband would love it!


  14. I haven’t heard of this movie before, but it definitely sounds like something me and my husband would want to check out.


  15. Wow a 9! I have heard this was a really good movie, i just never got the chance to see it yet.


  16. I can’t remember if I’ve seen this film. I’m not a particular Eastwood fan, but my OH is, so I’m sure we would have watched it at some point.


  17. I really enjoy Clint Eastwood so I’ll have to add this to my list. Always seems like I’m adding way more movies to the watchlist then I’m checking off. Thanks for the recommendation.


  18. My hubs made me watch this since he’s a huge Clint Eastwood fan. I thought it was going to be super boring, but I loved it! Glad you did too!


  19. I’ve been to Alcatraz, but I don’t remember hearing about this movie. I remember how they were the only prison with hot showers though!


  20. I liked Shawshank way better, still one of my all time favorites. I still liked Escape from Alcatraz.


  21. I didn’t know Clint Eastwood was in such a movie. I’m way curious now. I’ll have to get it for hubby and I to watch after the kiddos have gone to bed.


  22. This is something right up my husbands alley. Thanks for sharing this.


  23. Clint Eastwood was a great actor but I never heard of this movie before. If its similar to shawshank, it might be worth a look!


  24. This is a great movie and I like Clint Eastwood acting. Thanks for sharing.


  25. I haven’t seen it yet, but it is one that plays late nights on cable. Will have to try to catch it one night.


  26. I’m with you on loving Clint. I was so sexy. I love that deep, rough voice he has. What a great actor.


  27. Haven’t see this movie (yet). Which sorts of surprises me because my hubby is into old movies and likes to drag me to watch them with him lol


  28. i haven’t heard the movie but i love clint eastwood! would love to see it!


  29. I have not seen this movie, Alcatraz itself just frightens me. This would have to be something the hubby is interested in watching and me to comfy on the sofa to move. Then I am sure I could get into it.


  30. My husband raves about this movie. Classic for sure


  31. I think both movies are based on real events. Sadly most prisons must be quite similar and it’s hard to be creative in an enviroment like that.


  32. Funny thing I have actually been to Alcatraz it was a great place to visit with so much history. Now on to the movies I have only seen The Shawshank Redemption but I don’t totally remember all of it because it was so long ago. Most movies however have similar themes as past movies I have noticed.


  33. never heard of this movie before, not really the type of stuff ive watched, but I think i seen a ghost show at that place before.


  34. I’ve never even heard of this movie, but jailbreak movies are always entertaining. I’ll have to see if my boyfriend wants to watch it one night.


  35. I haven’t heard about this movie, but I’ll give it a shot! I’m interested in anything concerning Alcatraz!


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