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Directed by John Frankenheimer, Charles Crichton

United States 1962 147 mins. In English

“In this film based on a true story, Lancaster stars as convicted murderer and lifelong prisoner Robert Stroud. Forever isolated in solitary confinement, Stroud begins to develop an interest in injured birds, then how birds—and men—react to being caged. As much a chamber drama as a prison film, BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ shows Lancaster at his best, never letting us forget the violence in Stroud’s past but eliciting empathy for his situation and admiration for his insightful attempts to understand its impact on him and his fellow prisoners.”—George Eastman House.

Genres: Drama, Biography

Appears in: Forever Burt



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