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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific show, 27 Nov 2011
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This a true story shot when the main character was still alive and prisoner in Alcatraz.
The script is very well written and all scenes are directed and cut superbly. The two hours and a half this films lasts go by very quickly.
Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Telly Savalas, Thelma Ritter, Betty Field, ...all play their roles fantastically.
The transcript is digitally remastered and it is a pleasure to watch it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just loved this, 12 Aug 2013
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Great story and good value for money and since we are just back from San Fran and Alcatraz it was great to watch this DVD .
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the power of a film, 10 May 2009
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A FILM CAN INFLUENCE A PERSON IN MANY WAYS. IT'S MAIN AIM SHOULD BE TO ENTERTAIN. BUT EDUCATION, EXCITEMENT, FEAR AND TITILATION ARE SOME OTHER ASPECTS. THIS FILM IS DEEP AND SLOW. IT SIDESTEPS THE REASON BURT LANCASTER IS IN PRISON. NOT HARBOURING ON PUNISHMENT, BUT THE CARE AND TREATMENT OF ANOTHER BEING. NOT AN EXACT RECREATION OF FACTS, BUT THE MAIN POINTS ARE WELL DEALT WITH. IT SHOWS HOW FELLOW PRISONERS, TELLY SAVALIS, CAN BE INVOLVED AND THE TREATMENT OF THE SITUATION BY HIS GUARD AND GOVERNOR. SHOWS ALCATRAZ IN ALL IT'S GLORY!! A THOUGHTFUL AND ENJOYABLE FILM.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film about a true story, 12 Oct 2010
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Burt Lancaster plays the role of true-life killer Robert Stroud. Most of the film shows Stroud being detained in Leavenworth prison, as he was only later transfered to Alcatraz, and it was at Leavenworth that he developed his amazing interests in birds. Interesting fact but not in the film, the real Robert Stroud met the first black heavyweight champion of the world Jack Johnson, when he too was imprisoned in Leavenworth after coming back to the US from his exile for breaching the Mann Act.

Karl Malden always gives a first rate performance but the star of the show is Lancaster, a truly brilliant performance in surely his best ever film. The film length of 2hrs 23mins lends to the claustrophobic atmosphere and at times you feel as though you are in prison with Stroud, such is the way this fantastic filmography is shot. A pre-Kojack Telly Savalas (with hair) adds great support though at times a little bit hammy.

The dvd visually is good but the sound is a little disappointing, at times it sounds as though the actors have a lisp whenever pronouncing a word that has an "s" in it. That aside, it really is worth an evenings viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars burt lancaster, 12 Mar 2014
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True story a bout. Stroud the bird man of Alcatraz , Some sterling performances from the cast especially from Karl
Malden and Lancaster the film tells the story from the side of the author
The film glosses over the fact that Stroud committed two murders including
One a prison guard and doesn't speak of any previous crimes I found it ironic that after several trials and appeals
That he was sentenced to life he then appealed that and the sentence was over turned
And he received the death penalty , ( bet he hadn't bothered) it was according
To the film that he only had that sentence commuted because his mother went to see
Mrs Wilson you will find more on that on the net. Good film but you won't find Stroud a
Very likeable character
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 3 Mar 2014
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D. E. Clarke (Cornwall, UK) - See all my reviews
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I already had this film on a VHS video tape and wanted it on DVD.
Very moving film with Burt Lancaster being excellent as usual, very fine acting from him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Burt at his best, 19 Sep 2013
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The true story of Robert Stroud known forever as the bird man of Alcatraz,guilty of two murders he has his death sentence reprieved,he rescues a bird and takes a life long interest in ornithology.The acting is first class from everybody.According to people who knew Stroud this a romanticised view ,this is probably true,however it remains an entertaining film,and as well as Burt Lancaster Karl Malden and Telly Salvias are very good too
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lancaster at his very best., 23 July 2013
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Based on the true story of Robert Stroud; it shows the harshness of the American penile system; where even great strives would be rewarded with punishment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of all Alcatraz movies!, 10 Jun 2013
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True story that centred on Paul Stroud and the trust he left with his mother played by Thelma Ritta.Always living in hope that his mother can turn his conviction round as we go through the years with this incredible man whos love for birds became legend.In glorious black and white and a good turn by an early Telly Savalas appearance.Stroud starts off rescuing a small bird in solitary confinement which he nurses to recovery and thus brings him the name of"the birdman!"Infact the original story was not quite the same but none the less this is a touching story of a man coping with life inprisonment and surviving most of his life in a very small cell and discovering a love and passion for his feathered friends which became his own escape off the island"Alcatraz" in their flight to freedom.CLASSIC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Allways a "LEGEND", 24 Feb 2013
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The man himself is a legend and when he made something with a strong subject the outcome obviously is a perfect JOB.
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