- Status: Released
- Movie Tagline: Inside the rock called Alcatraz they tried to chain a volcano they called ‘The Bird Man’!
- Genres: Crime, Drama
- Release Date: 1962-07-04
- Runtime: 147.0 min
- Budget: $2.6 million
- Revenue: $3.1 million
- Production Companies: United Artists, Norma Productions
Cast & Crew
Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand, Betty Field, Telly Savalas, Edmond O’Brien, Hugh Marlowe, Whit Bissell, Crahan Denton, James Westerfield, Robert Bailey, Nicky Blair, Mushy Callahan, James J. Casino, Noble Chissell, John Indrisano, Pete Kellett, David McMahon, Pat Moran, Ben Roseman, Frankie Van, Robert Burton, Lewis Charles, Nick Dennis, Mike Mahoney, Raymond Greenleaf, William Hansen, Wayne Heffley, Michael Masters, Joe McGuinn, Victor Romito, Anton von Stralen, Robert B. Williams, William Hoehne Jr.-Dale Van Sickel, Kermit Maynard, Harry Holcombe, Fred Libby, Len Lesser, Edward Mallory, Adrienne Marden, George Mitchell, Leo Penn, Chris Robinson, Michael Ross, Phil Schumacher, Ray Spiker, Harry Jackson
Synopsis – What to Expect from “Birdman of Alcatraz”
Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster as Robert Stroud, a prisoner in Alcatraz who, through his own efforts, becomes a renowned ornithologist.
The film begins with Stroud being transferred to the notorious Alcatraz prison in 1909 after being convicted of manslaughter. Stroud is a difficult prisoner and soon finds himself in solitary confinement, where he is left alone with his thoughts and a pair of birds he has managed to smuggle in. Stroud begins to study the birds and develops an interest in ornithology.
Stroud’s interest in birds is not only a way to pass the time, but also a way to keep his sanity and keep his spirit alive. He begins to write extensively about his findings and submits his work to scientific journals, eventually becoming an acknowledged expert in the field.
Stroud’s intelligence and knowledge of birds gradually earn him respect from the prison staff and other inmates, and he begins to receive privileges such as being allowed to keep more birds in his cell. He even manages to build an aviary in the prison yard, where he can study the birds in their natural habitat.
Stroud’s efforts eventually lead to his release from Alcatraz in 1942. He is welcomed back to the outside world with a new appreciation for the beauty of nature, and his story serves as an inspiration to many.
The film is an inspiring story of redemption and the power of the
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