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Birdman of Alcatraz


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: MGM Canada
  • Release Date: Aug. 5 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00192YKPO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,859 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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John Frankenheimer scored his first success with this, his third theatrical feature and his second collaboration with producer-star Burt Lancaster (they would make five films together all told). Lancaster delivers an angry, brooding performance as real-life criminal Robert Stroud, a violent killer who, while in solitary confinement, became an internationally recognized authority on birds and their diseases. Based on the book by Thomas E. Gaddis, Frankenheimer creates a portrait of a withdrawn, antisocial prisoner who discovers his own potential after reluctantly rescuing a wounded sparrow from a storm and nursing it back to health. Lancaster's quiet portrayal comes from his eyes and restrained body language, earning him his second Oscar nomination. Costars Telly Savalas (as the talkative "neighbor" from the cell next door) and Thelma Ritter (as his controlling mother) were also nominated, but Frankenheimer's sensitive direction draws equally fine performances from Neville Brand, playing against type as the prison guard who slowly befriends Stroud, and Karl Malden as the tough warden whose ideas of confinement and punishment prompted Stroud to follow-up his studies of birds with a treatise on prison reform. This somber, subdued tale offers no truly happy ending, but it does present a powerful portrait of one man's efforts to earn back his dignity and respect in the worst of conditions. --Sean Axmaker

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By Burton Sundquist on May 23 2010
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...If one has not seen the film " the birdman of Alcatraz" do not expect an early version of a Clint Eastwood caper.
If at all accurate, and despite it's dating, the film holds up well, both in the tough guy and romance departments. splendid performances all around. recommended very highly!
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Burt Lancaster delivers a good performance in this accurate depiction of the life of Stroud, the famous Birdman of Alcatraz. Although the film runs a tad longer than I would have anticipated, it still maintains the viewer's interest to the end.
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By Annette Foran on Aug. 4 2013
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remember seeing this as a child wtih my parents and always loved this movie. it is a real tear jerker
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By pascal parent on Nov. 25 2014
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thank you fast shipping verry good item
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By dana kuca on July 26 2014
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Interesting movie,
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