Escape from Alcatraz by J. Campbell BruceIn 1963, just weeks before the original publication of this book, the last prisoner was escorted off Devil’s Island and Alcatraz ceased to be a prison. Author J. Campbell Bruce chronicles in spellbinding detail the Rock’s transition from a Spanish fort to the maximum-security penitentiary that housed such infamous inmates as Robert Stroud, aka the Birdman of Alcatraz, and mobster Al “Scarface” Capone. The chapters describing the daring escape attempts by Frank Morris and two accomplices from this “inescapable” prison became the basis for the 1979 Clint Eastwood movie. Discover the intriguing and absorbing saga of Alcatraz, whose name is still synonymous with punitive isolation and deprivation, where America’s most violent and notorious prisoners resided in tortuous proximity to one of the world’s favorite cities.The true-crime classic first published in 1963 is reissued in this special edition.Includes archival photos of the prison and prison life.This story will appeal to Bay Area locals and tourists alike.Alcatraz hosts more than a million visitors each year.
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Escape from Alcatraz is a American prison thriller film directed by Don Siegel. Campbell Bruce and dramatizes the prisoner escape from the maximum security prison on Alcatraz Island. Danny Glover appears in his film debut. Soon after arriving, he is summoned to the office of the warden Patrick McGoohan , who curtly informs him that Alcatraz is unique within the U. During the conversation, the warden fails to notice Morris steal one of the nail clippers on the desk. Over the next several days, Morris makes acquaintances with a few inmates, including the eccentric Litmus Frank Ronzio who is fond of desserts, English Paul Benjamin , a black inmate serving two life sentences for killing two white men in self-defense and the elderly Doc Roberts Blossom who paints portraits and once grew chrysanthemums at Alcatraz. Morris also makes an enemy of a rapist called Wolf Bruce M.
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In , Clint Eastwood was riding a commercial high. His foray into offbeat blue-collar comedy, Every Which Way but Loose , had defied industry expectations to become the second highest grossing film of the year. Eastwood was clearly willing to experiment and subvert his Man with No Name and Dirty Harry personas, but there were signs that his recent projects were creative dead ends. The Gauntlet presaged comic book adventures like Arnold Schwarzenegger 's output throughout the '80s, but many fans and critics expected more depth from director Eastwood, particularly after viewing his rumination on Western mythology, The Outlaw Josey Wales. Although Every Which Way but Loose spawned a lucrative sequel in , it was a derivative riff on popular '70s redneck adventure comedies like Smokey and the Bandit. Not only was Eastwood aping Burt Reynolds , he was playing second banana to an orangutan named Clyde.
It was one of the most ingenious prison breaks of all time—if it worked. In , inmates and bank robbers Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin vanished from Alcatraz , the federal island penitentiary off the coast of San Francisco. But what happened next has stumped historians for decades. Their bodies were never recovered, leaving many wondering whether they perished in the choppy San Francisco Bay or made it to shore—and freedom. In the years since, nearly six decades of silence from the men led many to conclude that the escape had met a watery end.