Sunday, December 20, 2015

Quick Review: ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ (1979)

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One of the finest prison movies ever made, Escape From Alcatraz (1979) is a suspense masterpiece. It's masterfully directed by maverick filmmaker Don Siegel, with fine performances by Clint Eastwood, Fred Ward, Larry Hankin, and Patrick McGoohan, and a nuanced, well-written script by Richard Tuggle (who would later on direct Eastwood in the hit Tightrope (1984). This is an unmissable, compelling, near-perfect suspense picture, and arguably Eastwood's second best collaboration with Siegel after Dirty Harry (1971). Based on a true story.

Text © Ahmed Khalifa. 2015.

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