Classic! And may I say best prison movie ever?
There are many who regard "The Shawshank Redemption" as the ultimate
prison movie. I seriously don't. In terms of atmosphere and realism,
this is a more superior movie. Also when you watch this movie it
becomes obvious to you how incredibly much Stephen King 'copied' (and
not even subtly, he basically copied entire characters and events) from
this movie for the both of his novels that are set in prisons; "The
Shawshank Redemption" and to a smaller extend "The Green Mile".
Yes of course "The Shawshank Redemption" has a totally brilliant story
and some top-class acting but I still see "Escape from Alcatraz" as a
better movie. The story is more believable which add to the realism of
the movie. "The Shawshank Redemption" is a way more over-dramatized
movie if you like, while "Escape from Alcatraz" is just simply
realistic and honest with its story. Yes the story of this movie might
be told and filmed in a slow way but the movie is only 112 minutes
long, so this shouldn't be a serious complaint. The movie is never
dragging and not 1 minute shorter or longer than was needed.
It should be so that everyone who is about to see or has seen "The
Shawshank Redemption" should also watch "Escape from Alcatraz" and then
ask yourself this: What does "The Shawsank Redemption" has got that
this movie hasn't and what is that makes it that "The Shawshank
Redemption" is so incredibly high in the IMDb top250 while "Escape from
Alcatraz" isn't even in that same top250.
For the record, I like "The Shawshank Redemption" very much as a movie
and even though I think (and also thought so before seeing this movie)
that it is a bit of an overrated movie, I would probably still rate it
But enough about "The Shawshank Redemption", let's talk about the
quality of this movie. What makes "Escape from Alcatraz" an absolute
classic is the atmosphere and like I said before the realism of the
characters, the events and the story in general. It was also great to
see Clint Eastwood in this role. Before this movie he mostly only
played just the hero's in westerns like "Buono, il brutto, il cattivo,
Il", "Hang 'Em High" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and in WW II movies
like "Kelly's Heroes" and "Where Eagles Dare" or as super cop Harry
Callahan in "Dirty Harry". I think this is more a movie in which Clint
shows his acting abilities. Also I enjoyed seeing Patrick McGoohan, to
be fair I only saw him in three movies before this: "Braveheart" his
small role in "A Time to Kill" and the Columbo movie "Columbo: Ashes to
Ashes". But despite that fact that I only saw him a small amount of
roles, I already adored him as an actor. He was also great in this
movie and wow, he looked so incredibly young compared to the movies I
had seen him in.
In my opinion THE ultimate prison movie and an absolute classic, due to
its atmosphere and realism.
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This film recreates the story of the only men to escape from Alcatraz.
Siegel and Eastwood often worked together and this is arguably their
greatest triumph. While it doesn't offer anything that hasn't been seen
in other films of the genre, Siegel maintains a good pace, keeping it
exciting and suspenseful throughout. Eastwood is well cast as the
mastermind who plots the daring escape. Much of what is portrayed here
seems implausible but it's supposedly based on real events as related
by one of the inmates, although the filmmakers no doubt took some
liberties. And that historical basis is what makes the film more
interesting than it would have been as a purely fictional work..