Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Prison Film, Biopic [feature], Psychological Drama  |   Release Date - Jul 3, 1962 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 143 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this film based on a true story, Burt Lancaster plays Robert Stroud, a withdrawn prison inmate who cures a sick bird that flies into his cell and eventually becomes a world-renowned ornithologist -- all while serving a life sentence. An overbearing warden (Karl Malden) eventually transfers Stroud to the notoriously brutal prison on Alcatraz, but he is able to continue his research, abort a riot, start a romance, and eventually get his story out through a determined reporter (Edmond O'Brien). Directed with his usual solid craftsmanship by John Frankenheimer, Birdman Of Alcatraz tells a quietly moving tale for which Lancaster, Telly Savalas (as one of Stroud's fellow inmates), and Thelma Ritter (as Stroud's mother) all received Oscar nominations.

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achievement, atrocity, birds, convict, human-rights, love, prison, reform [improve], romance, warden

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High Artistic Quality, High Production Values