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%

Rated G,  2 hr 23 mins

John Frankenheimer
Burt Lancaster  •  Karl Malden  •  Thelma Ritter  •  Neville Brand

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