The incident, in which Doc chops off several fingers with a hatchet, was based on an actual incident that took place in 1937. So much so, they both tried to do their own version of a comedic Burt Reynolds-like action flick. The major reason for Escape's success is Siegel's effortless expertise in re-creating the atmosphere of Alcatraz, an atmosphere in which, as the Warden says, good citizens were not made, but good prisoners were. The machine gun shootout in The Black Windmill explosions of muzzle flash, bullet casings, and splintered wood. Inmate , maddened by what was then a policy of strict silence at all times, cut off four fingers with a hatchet, to try and get transferred off of Alcatraz.
Are the characters and events often realistic and believable? Many of the improvements were kept intact after the film was made. Past incident told about slicing one's own tendon to get out of solitary confinement. Over the next few months Morris, the Anglins and Butts dig through the walls of their cells with spoons which have been soldered into makeshift shovels , make dummies to act as decoys, and construct a raft out of raincoats. While he is in the prison he discovers a structural flaw in the prison. When the warden discovers that Doc has painted an ungainly caricature of him, as well as other policemen on the island itself, he permanently removes Doc's painting privileges; in response, a depressed Doc hacks off his own fingers with a hatchet from the prison workshop and is led away. The Black Panthers the scene suffers a little now due to its obvious backlot quality.
Tuggle decided to bypass producers and executives and deal directly with filmmakers. But by the end of the seventies, Bronson was looking a little long in the tooth — little did we know then that Bronson still had more than a decade of action films in front of him. Morris finds out that due to the facility using salt water for its plumbing it has weakened the concrete walls. During the conversation, the warden fails to notice Morris steal one of the nail clippers on the desk. Clint: The Life and Legend. Reel Power: The Struggle For Influence and Success in the New Hollywood.
There would be no sleeping in the chair on this movie. And as stated before, Donald Pleasence, as he is in all of his Siegel pictures, is terrific. But on the other hand, never before and never again would Siegel engage in this type of cinematic bravura. Escape from Alcatraz is based on the non-fiction book Escape from Alcatraz: Farewell to the Rock by J. He submitted a copy to each, and also to anybody else in the business that he could cajole into reading it. Wolf has been released from solitary confinement and prepares to stab Morris with a knife, but English is able to intercept him, with English implying that his gang will rape Wolf. During his sentence he gets to know a man who runs the library, an artist, a car thief and also a couple of brothers.
Shreds of raincoat material, including a wallet wrapped in plastic containing names, addresses, and photos of the Anglins' friends and relatives are found floating in the bay. By 1982, the fifteen year long era of New Hollywood would be over. But the real true life escape is that Siegel escaped letting his pal Eastwood down. That quiet eventually escalates the tension and suspense of watching the escape plans come to fruition to an almost unbearable level, but it also effectively underscores the isolation and desperation that would drive someone to try such a dangerous escape. Why would Siegel waste his time on the three-quarters-boring, one-quarter-silly the best part Telefon? On one night they decide to break out and succeed in their escape by getting to the water and floating on improvised raft in the San Francisco Bay.
This doesn't suggest that it is better than the first half. Over time, the four men begin making preparations for the escape by gathering resources and digging through their cell walls. For Eastwood, there is an extra bonus: if the milieu doesn't provide him with a reason for his stubbornly characteristic grimness, it does at least provide an excuse. In the early 1960's a man named Frank Morris is sentenced to Alcatraz and is being processed. And when these two old compadres, with a friendship based on mutual respect, admiration, masculinity, and love did the impossible, escaped from Alcatraz, they slammed the iron door behind them.
The prison administrator looks for them but presumes that they drowned and died. During this time he is living his life in a small single cell and gets to know some of the other inmates. As simpatico as Siegel and Eastwood were as artists, were as simpatico as Siegel and Morris are in methodology. The warden is a nameless, fictional character. By this time in their collaboration, many of the creative decisions are the joint decisions of two simpatico minds. The wacky Manchurian Candidate-like story tells the tale that in the Cold War fifties, Russia planted a bunch of deep cover sleeper agents in America near important military installations.
Soon after arriving, he is summoned to the office of the warden , who curtly informs him that Alcatraz is unique within the U. No one does quiet-but-tough like Clint Eastwood, and fans will enjoy this mid-career performance. Also the costume design seems wildly original. In Europe that third spot would go to either Franco Nero or Alain Delon, depending on the year. Breakout for Bronson good , and Every Which Way But Loose for Clint abysmal but successful. Are they in San Francisco or Hazzard County? Escape from Alcatraz is also a movie that gives people an inside look on what it was like being an inmate on the rock island prison.
Eastwood was drawn to the role as ringleader Frank Morris and agreed to star, providing Siegel direct under the banner. It did not take long though before the intelligent bank robber Frank Morris Clint Eastwood experienced the crueler side of the escape-proof prison with the cruel threats of the warden Patrick McGoohan and the violent and harsh attitudes of the other prisoners. The way Eastwood seemed not like his normal self but like a fifties tough guy actor this is who he should have been when he played Thunderbolt. This created a rift between the two friends. Siegel takes lifelong learned lessons of ingenuity, practicality, experience, and skill and applies them to his use of montage. Siegel not only wasted his time, he wasted the Stirling Silliphant and Peter Hyams who should have directed script.
What else do you know about the island's history, both before and after the prison operated there? Those who are curious about the history of Alcatraz -- maybe they remember the book or episode -- will find a lot of food for thought in this retelling. After this film Bronson would forever be banished to 2nd tier status. In 2001, the nominated this film for. From the moment Clint Eastwood walks onto The Rock to the final title card explaining the three escapees were never heard from again, Escape from Alcatraz is relentless in establishing a mood and pace of unrelieved tension. As a result, the prisoners are able to scrape it to pieces and get into the internal structure of the facility and then escape from the roof.