Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard and nurses it back to health. Despite having only a third grade education, Stroud goes on to become a renowned ornithologist and achieves a greater sense of freedom and purpose behind bars than most people find in the outside world.

Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 82% / Audience 84%

8/10

Rated G 2 hr 23 mins

GENRES
Drama
DIRECTION
John Frankenheimer
CAST
Burt Lancaster  •  Karl Malden  •  Thelma Ritter  •  Neville Brand

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CAST & CHARACTERS
Burt Lancaster Robert Stroud
Karl Malden Harvey Shoemaker
Thelma Ritter Elizabeth Stroud
Neville Brand Bull Ransom
Betty Field Stella Johnson
Telly Savalas Feto Gomez
Edmond O'Brien Tom Gaddis
Hugh Marlowe Roy Comstock
Whit Bissell Dr. Ellis
Crahan Denton Kramer
James Westerfield Jess Younger
Robert Bailey Reporter on Dock (uncredited)