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.

Directing:
  • John Frankenheimer

Writing:
  • Guy Trosper
  • Thomas E. Gaddis

Stars:
Release Date: 1962-07-03
themoviedb icon 7.4/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 147
  • Budget: $2,650,000
  • Revenue: $3,100,000
William Hansen
William Hanse...
Fred Daw (uncredited)
Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
Feto Gomez
Neville Brand
Neville Brand
Bull Ransom
Robert Williams
Robert Willia...
Guard (uncredited)
James Westerfield
James Westerf...
Jess Younger
Karl Malden
Karl Malden
Harvey Shoemaker
Kermit Maynard
Kermit Maynar...
Alcatraz Captain of Guards (uncredited)
Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaste...
Robert Stroud
Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brie...
Tom Gaddis
George Mitchell
George Mitche...
Father Matthieu (uncredited)
Hugh Marlowe
Hugh Marlowe
Roy Comstock
Whit Bissell
Whit Bissell
Dr. Ellis
Betty Field
Betty Field
Stella Johnson
Robert Burton
Robert Burton
Sen. Ham Lewis (uncredited)
John Indrisano
John Indrisan...
Inmate (uncredited)
Len Lesser
Len Lesser
Burns (uncredited)
David McMahon
David McMahon
Inmate (uncredited)
Leo Penn
Leo Penn
Eddie Kassellis (uncredited)
Nick Dennis
Nick Dennis
Crazed Prisoner (uncredited)
Thelma Ritter
Thelma Ritter
Elizabeth Stroud
Crahan Denton
Crahan Denton
Kramer
Nicky Blair
Nicky Blair
Inmate (uncredited)
Raymond Greenleaf
Raymond Green...
Judge (uncredited)
Wayne Heffley
Wayne Heffley
Guard (uncredited)
Robert Bailey
Robert Bailey
Reporter on Dock (uncredited)
Noble Chissell
Noble Chissel...
Inmate (uncredited)
Joe McGuinn
Joe McGuinn
Guard (uncredited)
Dale van Sickel
Dale van Sick...
Alcatraz Guard (uncredited)
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