πŸŽ₯ Birdman of Alcatraz – 1962

The Story …

Robert Stroud is imprisoned as a young man for committing a murder in Alaska. He is shown as a rebellious inmate, fighting against a rigid prison system; while being transported with other prisoners by train, he breaks open the window to allow the suffocating inmates to breathe.

He comes into conflict with Harvey Shoemaker, warden of Leavenworth Prison …

While in jail, Stroud learns that his mother tried to visit him, but was denied and told to return later in the week.

Outraged, he attacks a guard, fatally stabbing him.

Stroud is sentenced to death, but his mother runs a successful campaign to have his sentence commuted to life in prison. The sentence requires him to serve in solitary confinement for the rest of his life.

While in the exercise yard during a heavy rainstorm, Stroud finds a downed nest holding an orphaned baby sparrow. He takes care of the bird, and starts a trend. Some other convicts and he acquire and care for birds, such as canaries, given from outside sources.

Stroud develops a collection of birds and cages. When the birds fall ill, he conducts experiments and comes up with a cure. As the years pass, Stroud becomes an expert on bird diseases and publishes a book on the subject.

His writings are so impressive that a doctor describes him as a “genius”.

Stroud is later visited by bird-lover Stella Johnson and agrees to go into business, marketing his bird remedies. Stella and he later marry, but his mother disapproves. This causes a permanent rift between mother and son and further disowns him by refusing to support his release petition.

He is abruptly transferred to the federal penitentiary at Alcatraz, a new maximum-security institution where he is not permitted to keep birds.Β Although growing elderly, he remains independent, writing a history of the U.S. penal system that is suppressed by Shoemaker, now warden of the Rock.

Still at odds with authority, Stroud helps end a prison rebellion in 1946 by throwing out the two firearms acquired by the convicts. He assures the authorities that they can now re-enter the premises without risk of being shot.

Shoemaker acknowledges Stroud never lied to him and takes him at his word.

After a petition campaign by admirers, Stroud is eventually transferred to another prison in Missouri.Β  During the move, he meets several reporters and displays a range of knowledge on more than just birds, such as the technical details of a passing jet aircraft.

He later meets author Thomas E. Gaddis, who then wrote a book based on his life.

Stroud was never released from the federal prison system; he was imprisoned from 1909 to his death on 21st November 1963 – age 73 …

Credits :

  • Directed by John Frankenheimer
  • Screenplay by Guy Trosper
  • Based on Birdman of Alcatraz 1955 book by Thomas E. Gaddis
  • Produced by Harold Hecht,Β Stuart Millar and Guy Trosper
  • Cinematography :Β  Burnett Guffey
  • Edited by Edward Mann
  • Music by Elmer Bernstein
  • Production Company : Norma Productions
  • Distributed by United Artists
  • Release Date : July 3, 1962

Cast :

  • Burt Lancaster as Robert Stroud
  • Karl Malden as Harvey Shoemaker
  • Thelma Ritter as Elizabeth McCartney Stroud
  • Neville Brand as Bull Ransom
  • Betty Field as Stella Johnson
  • Telly Savalas as Feto Gomez
  • Edmond O’Brien as Thomas E. Gaddis
  • Hugh Marlowe as Albert Comstock
  • Whit Bissell as DrΒ  Ellis
  • Crahan Denton as Kramer
  • James Westerfield as Jess Younger
  • Len Lesser as Burns
  • Adrienne Marden as Edith Wilson

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birdman_of_Alcatraz_(film)

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